The Game – 273 – Lamoin Werlein-Jaen

Union membership in California and the nation is declining, and a Supreme Court ruling seems to undercut the political influence of labor. What’s the future of the labor movement? We ask one local leaders. The Game is Labor, The Game is on.

Welcome to The Game. I’m Mark Simon. My partner Kevin Mullin is on assignment.

Unions represent 78,000 workers in San Mateo County, almost 19 percent of the total number of employees working in the county. The San Mateo County Central Labor Council, through its political arm, endorsed 35 candidates in last year’s local elections and 29 of them won. And union-led campaigns for a $15 minimum wage is gaining more and more support at city councils throughout the county. Even so, union membership is declining and a 2018 Supreme Court ruling put at risk the ability of unions to collect dues for political campaigns. Joining us to talk about all this is Lamoin Werlein-Jaen, President of the San Mateo County Central Labor Council.

Recorded 3.15.2019

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