OCEA in the Register

OCEA writes columns in the Orange County Register about issues impacting working people.

Orange County labor movement pushes back against persistent gender wage gap

March 8, 2019

March 8 is celebrated world-wide as International Women’s Day. The recognition provides us an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of women in every field of human endeavor across the globe. International Women’s Day is also a day to reflect about how much work lies ahead before the dream of equality can be fully realized by more than one-half of our nation’s population.

Government shutdown threatens newborns, their families

January 10, 2019

Like many expecting moms, I spend a lot of time reading anything I can to prepare for my babies to come.

See you at the OC women’s march on Jan. 19

December 29, 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.

American workers and families deserve fair wages and treatment at the workplace

December 15, 2018

I’m writing about our organization’s transition because my decision to step away from work illuminates one small slice of the condition of women today. We have protections and rights my mother and grandmother’s generations fought to secure, but we still have so much more to achieve in the pursuit of true fairness and equality.

What happened to Christine Blasey Ford happens right here, too

September 22, 2018

How the Senate, the president and our nation respond to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a United States Supreme Court justice could be a turning point in the moral history of our country, watched by generations to come.

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

Equal pay for equal work — it’s a pretty simple fairness doctrine that says no worker, no matter their gender, race or where they live should be paid anything but a fair and equitable wage for the work they do.

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.

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