The executive board of the California Labor Federation, which represents more than 2.1 million workers statewide, voted this week to appoint two Orange County labor leaders to its ranks.
Jennifer Muir, General Manager for the Orange County Employees Association, and Julio Perez, Executive Director for the Orange County Labor Federation were appointed during a meeting Thursday in Oakland.
The California Labor Federation is comprised of more than 1,200 unions, representing workers in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
At the Orange County Labor Federation, Perez oversees a coalition of Orange County labor unions, working to strengthen the voices of workers and issues such as income inequality, access to affordable housing and education, and wage theft in Orange County.
The Orange County Employees Association represents 18,000 municipal workers throughout Orange County, including public health nurses, safety officers, social workers and others who keep our communities safe and healthy. Muir also writes a weekly column about issues affecting workers in the Orange County Register.
“Orange County has unfortunately long been the birthplace of hostile political initiatives aimed at undermining the rights and security of workers everywhere,” Muir said. “But today, standing together with workers across the state, Orange County’s unions are working to protect and expand the middle class way of life our grandparents’ generation built brick by brick, and to ensure that every working woman and man has access to a family supporting job, adequate housing, and quality affordable education for themselves and their children.”