San Mateo County

Central Labor Council














The San Mateo County Central Labor Council is an expression of the hopes and aspirations of the working people of San Mateo County.  We seek the fulfillment of these hopes and aspirations through democratic processes and consistent with our institutions and traditions.

At the collective bargaining table, in the community, in the exercise of the rights and responsibilities, we seek to serve the interests of working people and their families.

We pledge ourselves to a more effective organization of working men and women; to the securing for them the full recognition and enjoyment of the rights to which they are justly entitled; to the achievement of ever higher standards of living and working conditions; to the attainment of security for all the people; to the enjoyment of the leisure which their skills make possible; and to the strengthening and extension of our way of life; and the fundamental freedoms.

We shall combat resolutely the forces that seek to undermine the democratic institutions of our nation and to enslave the human soul.  We shall strive always to win full respect for the dignity of the human individual whom our unions serve.



(650) 572-8848

Fax:  (650) 572-2481

1153 Chess Drive          

Suite 200                       

Foster City CA  94404


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COPE Banquet Honorees:

Unity Award:  Robert Morales, Teamsters Local 350

Community Award:  Saru Jayaraman, ROC United (Restaurant Opportunities Centers United) and

Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley


Read SHELVED:  How Wages and Working Conditions for California's Food Retail Workers have Declined as the Industry has Thrived, authored by Saru Jayaraman & Food Labor Research Center



Around the Council:

  • The AFL-CIO endorsed the boycott of Staples office supply stores!  U.S. Postal Services are being preformed by non-union, low-paid Staples employees, which jeopardizes mail services provided by the U.S. Post Offices and the good union jobs that come with them. - info & petition  Watch a video of APWU President Mark Dimondstein break down the Postmaster General's deceptions about the dirty deal with Staples - video

  • COPE Banquet - 7/25/14 - Hyatt in Burlingame - info

  • Communication Workers of America is reaching out to people working in retail in San Francisco to tell them about the campaign to raise the minimum wage and fight for justice in shift scheduling.  They have other campaigns for anyone working for a bank, T-Mobile or Verizon outside of SF.  Call Pia Basudev at 916-335-5591 or e-mail

  • Union Food Distribution dates - flyer - July-Dec 2014 - Must pre-register - call 650-341-7711

Other Rallies, Actions & Events:

  • Wage Theft is a Crime - info - link to website

  • Who's helped by raising the minimum wage? The Reality answer

  • Not Only Airline Employees Have a Distaste for Norwegian’s Low-Road Expansion Plan - info

  • McDonald's managers that were ordered to cheat their employees out of pay - link

  • AT&T Wireless discount for union members - info with discount code

  • Rose Ann De Moro editorial, "The Real Fix for Obama Care's Flaws: Medicare for All" - click to read

  • AFL-CIO sample language for hotel contracts - addendum

  • UAW's do buy autos and tires - list

  • Boycott Palermo's Pizza - AFL-CIO notice - ALF-CIO list of boycotts / union label at

  • Making Change at Wal-Mart - Show your support for workers by saying what the Walmart economy means to you - info and link

  • No. CA Cement Masons Apprenticeship Program Application info


  • San Mateo Labor Council - Results for endorsed races for the June 2014 Primary

  • Read the California Budget Projects's analysis of the 2014-15 State Budget Package - report

  • AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department - House must reject plan to cut mail delivery to pay for highway and transit investments - link

  • California Labor Federation - Biennial Convention in San Diego - July 29-30 in San Diego - info

  • COPE A Committee meeting - Next meeting on August 25, 4pm

  • Questions about voting? - Click here to go to the San Mateo County Elections website 

Education & Training:

  • AFL-CIO Union Skill Training Program - Fall 2014 Schedule - 5 week long trainings

  • Bridge to Gas Operations for Women job training program - flyer

  • San Francisco Community College - Can the lessons of history help guide us today?  Labor History class on Wednesdays, 6:30-9:20pm, starting August 18 - flyer - Sign up now!  Taught by Fred Glass - City College SF Labor Program - link

  • LOHP & Worksafe will hold a one-day conference on workplace health and safety - Nov 8th - flyer

  • New York Times: Opinionator - "All Economics Is Local" by Michael Reich & Ken Jacobs - article

  • Cornell University Worker Institute - link

  • UC Berkeley Labor Center published the 3rd edition of "Work, Money and Power: Unions in the 21st Century".  It is an educational 24-page pamphlet that answers basic questions about unions.  $1.50 plus shipping each but their are discounts for bulk orders.  Order and pay online at

  • National Labor Relations Board - Smart Phone app

  • Why Proposed Cell Phone Use on Planes Should Be Grounded - article by Transportation Trades Dept of AFL-CIO

  • Labor Project for Working Families - 6 Key Laws for Working Parents poster & California Family Leave Laws:  Know Your Rights! Download from

  • U.S. Department of Labor has a web tool with easy to understand employment laws assistance - link

  • Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld's labor law videos, labor music videos and articles about labor law - link

  • National Labor College & AFL-CIO present "Introduction to Successful Investing"  with information about:  a new child, a new home, retirement, a wedding, college, a funeral, foreclosures, reducing debt and divorce - link

  • Register for the no-cost online subscription to American Income Life's Labor Letter newsletter at

  • For specific, easy to understand info about your rights & how to protect them visit - link

  • The Sustainable Advocate, San Mateo County - link for community events

  • Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at UC Berkeley link


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