OCEA in the Register
OCEA writes columns in the Orange County Register about issues impacting working people.
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
It’s no secret that California’s clogged courts are seriously underfunded. Gov. Brown recently augmented his proposed budget for next year with $75 million in discretionary funding for the state’s trial courts, and an additional $47.8 million for trial court operations. In theory, that’s a good start. But only if applied in ways that directly address some of the most pressing issues currently facing our courts.
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.
Free speech shouldn’t require a permit in Brea
December 28, 2017
Every New Year brings new hope for all the possibilities of the year to come, and it’s also a time to move on from mistakes of the past and start anew.
Middle-class Californians on losing end of tax reform
December 14, 2017
In coming days, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives appear poised to adopt a Republican tax proposal that could have a dramatic impact on Orange County residents.
Putting politics aside to honor veterans with a final resting place
November 30, 2017
The current senseless battle over where Orange County’s veterans will be able to find their ultimate resting place is demonstrating that the very worst of political opportunism is alive and well in Orange County. But even more importantly, it is conversely providing a rare glimpse of the power of bipartisan action to do good.
Saying thank you to our local veterans
November 16, 2017
For the past five years, Orange County labor unions have joined with the Orange County Fair and Events Center and many community allies to host a Veterans Day tribute.
Hold those who tread on our freedom accountable
November 3, 2017
Most mornings, I drive to work. Most other Californians do the same. We know our cars can be dangerous, so we use turn signals and follow the speed limits and yield to pedestrians. We purchase insurance and wear seat belts; decry drunk driving and mourn when accidents take lives.