California has long been the place where immigrants arrived from other countries looking to improve their life. In the 1860's, Chinese laborers built much of our state's mountainous railroad tracks and tunnels.
Central coast labor news today often centers on agricultural workers. Fieldworkers are exposed to methyl bromide in the strawberry fields. Many are Latinos and some are labeled "illegal" immigrants.
Other trades have Central Coast union representation, among them plumbers, carpenters, sheet metal workers, painters, engineers, pipe tradesmen and plasterers.
There are labor-related organizations with a state-wide service area which make policy affecting our local labor activity. You may never have heard of some of these before.
The Public Employment Relations Board is a quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administering the collective bargaining statutes covering employees of California's public schools, colleges, and universities, employees of the State of California, employees of California local public agencies (cities, counties and special districts), trial court employees and supervisory employees of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Unions listed here are located in the Tri-county area:
- National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) central coast, representing construction management.
- The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) representing building trades workers in San Luis Obispo and Ventura.
- The California Applicants' Attorneys Association (CAAA) a statewide group dedicated to the protection of rights and benefits of California's injured and disabled workers and their families.
- SBCTC: State Building & Construction Trades Council of California provide apprenticeship and training programs statewide.
- Tri-Counties SMACNA Sheet Metal Contractors Trade Association
- IUPAT representing over 140,000 members in the construction industry, such as, Painters, Drywall Finishers, Glaziers, Floor Coverers, and Sign and Display workers.