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.
Breaking silence to break good old boy networks
October 28, 2016
If there has been one silver lining to the mud pit this presidential election has become, it’s that the national backlash against what Donald Trump so dismissively called “locker room talk” has given a voice to countless women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.
It is time to end the practice of incarceration for profit
September 30, 2016
Over the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in the privatization of our nation’s prisons and jails. That growth has been accompanied by increasing scrutiny of private prison operations as one report after another has revealed disturbing conditions inside those detention facilities.
Workplace protections for farmworkers a historic achievement
September 16, 2016
Most of us learned in school that Americans can count on job protections like the 40-hour work week, maternity leave and weekends because working people stood together to fight for those rights as part of their unions.
Court reporters essential to an effective system of justice
September 2, 2016
Labor Day is truly America’s day. It is the one day that is devoted to, and celebrates, the dignity of working-class Americans. In other words, it is the day that recognizes and honors the 99 percent of us who go to work each day, take pride in the work we do and pass down to our children and grandchildren the work ethic that constitutes the core of America’s greatness.
Workers losing millions to wage theft
August 19, 2016
If you have followed this column you know I’ve often written about workers’ wages: Fair wages, a living wage, gender wage disparity. I address the subject of wages frequently for three reasons.
Trump's treatment of women hits close to home
August 5, 2016
This week, the United States presidential discussion struck a particularly raw nerve here in Orange County.
Orange County risks failing our foster kids
July 22, 2016
More than 2,300 children in Orange County have been removed from the care of their biological parents and are currently living in foster care.
County in Need of Homeless Plan
July 8, 2016
I recently wrote about homelessness in the Civic Center area in Santa Ana. The county has now created a new executive position dedicated to addressing homeless issues and filled that position with a director who we are told will have the authority and support to impact real change for Orange County’s homeless community. She is expected to be knowledgeable and experienced and is collecting information to conduct an assessment and develop a strategic plan.
Orange County workers at hub of innovation
June 24, 2016
Vilifying public employees has been a hobby of some for more than a decade. Yet most of us recognize that public employees often deliver critical services that the private sector cannot or will not provide, or will only perform if exorbitant profits are virtually guaranteed and performance expectations are set inordinately low.
Closing gender pay gap in O.C. government
June 10, 2016
A state audit revealed last week that female employees with the county of Orange earn an average of 27 percent less than their male counterparts.