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September 9, 2017 - What Labor Day Means To Me

During the summer between high school and college, I worked as a janitor. The hardest job in my life paid me a minimum wage of $3.35. That experience, along with others, led me to study the civil rights and labor movements and propelled me to law school and a career fighting for working families.   
Home to incredible labor leadership, California has led the way for the national labor movement, ensuring that our workers are treated fairly. As an elected official, I’ve fought alongside retail workers for fair scheduling laws, cancer-stricken firefighters for equal benefits, farm workers for overtime that had been historically denied, and all workers for a $15 minimum wage. This month, I’m hopeful the Legislature will send my AB 450 bill to Governor Brown’s desk - our Immigrant Worker Protection Act sponsored by the California Labor Federation and SEIU California to protect immigrant workers from Trump’s ICE agents.
On this Labor Day, at a time when workers are under assault from Washington, I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on the impact of the labor movement on all of our lives and fellow working families. Again, my deepest thanks to the women and men of labor, and the incredible work they do on behalf of San Francisco and California workers. Happy Labor Day!