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UFCW Workers Applaud Announcement of Lorena Gonzalez As New Leader of California Labor Federation

Sacramento, CA – The 180,000 essential worker members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Western States Council in California today applauded the announcement of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez taking over for Art Pulaski as Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation in July 2022. 

“California’s working people are more diverse than ever. Women and people of color are the future of work and no one knows that better than Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez,” said Andrea Zinder, president, UFCW Western States Council and UFCW Local 324. “Lorena is as fearless as she is smart and deft in crafting policy. She’s faced down cancer and major corporations alike. With the heart of an organizer and the experience of a leader, we know she will help grow an effective, energized, multi-racial coalition rooted in the concerns and priorities of working communities.”

“As California faces hard elections in 2022, 2024 and 2026 fraught with right-wing extremists and billionaires who want to undermine our state’s democracy and roll back hard-won workers’ rights, workplace safety protections and environmental safeguards, action on climate change, and much more, Lorena is a leader who can harness the power of working people to fight back with everything we’ve got,” said Amber Baur, executive director, UFCW Western States Council. “Lorena Gonzalez’s leadership will help ensure workers and our families are the center of California’s recovery and create a stronger California for our children.

“We also want to applaud brother Art Pulaski’s years of leadership, under which the labor movement has secured essential victories for California’s working families including increased pay, critical protections like paid sick leave and paid family leave, public education funding, child care and homecare, the right to form unions and so much more.”

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January 3, 2022

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