OCEA in the Register
OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir Beuthin writes a bi-weekly column in the Orange County Register about issues impacting working people.
The importance of a strong and vibrant labor movement
September 6, 2018
Most Americans have a vague idea that Labor Day is intended to acknowledge the achievements and sacrifices of working people and what they have meant to our collective history. Yet drowned out by commercials for blowout sales and plans for barbecues, the holiday can often seem like an empty nod to some distant past.
Equal pay for equal work in Orange County hospitals
August 18, 2018
Americans are deeply divided on many issues, but one issue that continues to unite us is a deep concern about economic security in retirement.
Will Orange County veterans finally get a local cemetery?
July 31, 2018
Orange County veterans have been fighting for a veterans cemetery here for almost 20 years. Sadly, they have recently also been used as pawns in a disgraceful political battle that parallels the mistreatment of returning Vietnam veterans.
Disney workers fighting to make dreams come true
June 13, 2018
This summer, millions of parents and their kids will stroll down Disneyland’s Main Street, USA to experience a “magical place” where brochures promise “dreams really do come true.”
Honor veterans by voting yes on Irvine’s Measure B
May 30, 2018
This past Memorial Day weekend, so many of my neighbors put out their American flags to honor those who have fallen in service to our country, whose sacrifices allowed us to barbecue and enjoy the beautiful sunny day.
UC strike is over growing racial, gender inequality
May 16, 2018
Last week, nurses’ aids, respiratory therapists, security guards and thousands of other workers who make California’s university system the envy of the nation went on strike.
Making a difference for women in the workplace
April 11, 2018
As women across the country continue to speak out against sexual harassment, assault and discrimination on the job, here in Orange County government we are committed to make progress toward creating a safer and more equitable work environment.
Better justice through local funding control
February 8, 2018
The crowd grew very quickly at Anaheim’s Pearson Park on Monday. By 6 p.m., more than 400 peaceful demonstrators holding signs that read “Unity” and “Stop Hate” were gathered at the park near Harbor Boulevard and Cypress Street. Just two days earlier, the location was the scene of a violent and bloody clash between a handful of Ku Klux Klan members and a group of anti-Klan – mainly young – protestors.
Fountain Valley Regional’s Sodexo workers to strike over poverty wages
January 25, 2018
The stock market is soaring and the recent federal tax reform bill provided enormous tax breaks to big corporations. But what about the working-class people employed by those corporations? How are they faring? We don’t have to look far to find out.
The first Women’s March was not an ending but a beginning
January 12, 2018
Last year, more than 20,000 women and men converged in Santa Ana and marched in unity through the streets in support of women.