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Labor Loses A Fierce Ally

Amparo E. Martinez Krauth passed away on March 29th after an 8- year battle with cancer. Please join us in celebrating her life and the countless contributions she made to the labor family and her community.

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After Series of National Protests, Uber CEO Steps Down From Role as Trump Advisor

After Series of National Protests, Uber CEO Steps Down From Role as Trump Advisor

Responding to pressure from Silicon Valley Rising and nationwide allies, Travis Kalanick leaves Trump’s advisory council

After a delegation of workers and community leaders from Silicon Valley Rising rallied outside Uber’s Palo Alto office in a national day of action, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick agreed to step down from President Trump’s business advisory council. Uber’s response came after thousands pulled out their phones to #DeleteUber over the weekend, and with a string of actions in the Bay Area and across almost a dozen cities in the works by allies like the Center for Popular Democracy, EBASE, ACCE, and Jobs with Justice.

“This is an important step for Uber towards standing with our communities to resist President Trump’s attacks,” said Derecka Mehrens, executive director of Working Partnerships USA and co-founder of Silicon Valley Rising. “Now we need Uber and companies across Silicon Valley to take proactive action against hate, and stand with our immigrant communities and workers by building an inclusive tech economy that shows a better alternative to the hateful and divisive policies we’re seeing from this administration.”

As the Trump administration launches attacks on immigrants, workers’ rights, and our cities, Silicon Valley Rising is actively engaging tech companies to stand up for their workers, neighbors, and customers by defending immigrants and minority groups; creating middle-class jobs for the service workers who cook, clean, and protect their campuses; and tackling Silicon Valley’s affordable housing crisis.

Since its founding two years ago, Silicon Valley Rising has been inspiring the tech industry to create opportunity for all workers in the tech economy. The collaborative campaign has won higher wages and union representation for bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and most recently, 3,000 security officers at tech campuses – the largest organizing victory in recent California history.

“In response to the backlash from Uber drivers and intense pressure from labor and community groups, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has heeded our demands and stepped down from the Trump Administration’s Advisory Council,” said Ben Field, Executive Office of the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which co-leads Silicon Valley Rising. “Uber has a long anti-worker history and this is the first step it has taken to stand with its drivers. We will continue to pressure Uber to respect its drivers and riders — many of whom are immigrants — and build an inclusive tech economy.”

Uber has faced national outrage since it broke a solidarity strike by taxi workers at JFK airport this weekend. The firm has a long history of actively fighting to deny its drivers fair wages, paid leave, and health care. It has been mired in lawsuits over misclassifying drivers as independent contractors, refusing to accommodate blind passengers’ service dogs, and a host of other issues.


Silicon Valley Rising (SVR) is a coordinated campaign driven by a powerful coalition of labor, faith leaders, community based organizations and workers aiming to inspire the tech industry to build an inclusive middle class in Silicon Valley.

Silicon Valley Rising is co-led by the South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council, which represents 98 unions in Silicon Valley, and Working Partnerships USA, a community organization that drives the movement for a just economy by bringing together public policy innovation and the power of grassroots organizing.


THIS SATURDAY 3/25 @ 10 AM- Immigrant Worker Rights & Defense Training

Join us for an Immigrant Worker Rights and Defense Training on Saturday, March 25th from 10 AM- 4 PM at the Labor Temple (Hall A). Topics covered will included raids (home, work, community), I-9 and E-Verify, and immigrant worker anti-retaliation protections.  Please invite your members, community allies, friends, family, coworkers and anyone who you think will benefit from this training. You do NOT need to be a union member to attend.

Lunch and simultaneous translation in Spanish and Vietnamese will be provided. 

 RSVP to reserve your spot (and get lunch):  lita@southbaylabor.org

Statement by South Bay AFL-CIO Labor Council Executive Officer Ben Field on Withdrawal of Puzder’s Secretary of Labor nomination

“Andrew Puzder was unfit to hold the office of Labor Secretary, and the withdrawal of his nomination is a victory for working families in California and throughout the nation. Puzder sought to lead the department tasked with protecting the rights of workers, but he has a well-documented record of cheating his employees out of their wages, opposing increases to the minimum wage and violating labor law. America’s workers deserve better.  They want a Labor Secretary who will give them a voice in the workplace, hold unscrupulous companies accountable and help create good-paying jobs. Working people stood together to oppose Puzder’s nomination and will oppose the nomination of any person who is not committed to improving the lives America’s workers.”

Security Officers and SEIU-USWW Win in Silicon Valley

The past week has brought outrageous attacks on our neighbors and our values. But it also brought a huge victory for working families — one that shows how we fight back and resist Trump.

On Saturday, 3,000 security officers who protect the campuses of Facebook, Cisco, Genentech, and other tech campuses won union recognition with SEIU United Service Workers West. This is one of the largest private sector organizing victory in Silicon Valley history — and in recent memory in California. It’s a win that was made possible because community, faith, and workers partnered with tech industry leaders to ensure a fair process for workers to choose a union. Apple and Google fired a low-road contractor and demanded their security firms stayed neutral as these workers organized.

When we act together, we can inspire the tech sector to use their immense wealth and power for good. We saw the same thing at our airports this weekend, as tech leaders — from Mark Zuckerberg’s statement in support of DACA to Google co-founder Sergey Brin protesting at SFO — spoke out against President Trump’s executive orders banning refugees and stepping up deportations.

In the coming days, it will be more important than ever that tech stands with workers and our communities for justice, and we’re mobilizing to make sure that happens.

This is a critical juncture for the tech industry: they need to decide if they’ll stand with those who are being marginalized, and partner with labor and community organizations to protect all their workers.

As we’ve seen from the success of actions at SFO and other airports around the country, it’s critical that we act quickly and decisively to resist injustice — and embolden tech to join us.

In solidarity,

Ben Field
Executive Officer