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.

What happened to Christine Blasey Ford happens right here, too

September 22, 2018

A museum and a cemetery. Both would honor the service and sacrifices of so many men and women who have given their lives in defense of our democracy. Both would be located on hallowed ground, land that is part of Orange County’s rich military history. Both would offer a space where families and children can remember those who have fallen and reflect on the price of the freedom we all enjoy.

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.

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