San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 25, 2012
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) congratulated the award winners at the California Labor Federation’s Solidarity Awards Dinner on July 24, 2012. The 11 honorees were recognized with the “Furthering the Vision of High Speed Rail Award.”
“I would like to congratulate all of the award winners for their hard work and commitment to improving the lives of working families,” stated Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. “Their efforts to help make high-speed rail a reality will help bring jobs to thousands of Californians.”
The honorees included the State Building and Construction Trades Council, California-Nevada Conference of Operating Engineers, Operating Engineers Local 3, Operating Engineers Local 12, Teamsters Rail Conference, Laborers’ International Union, California Conference of Machinists, IBEW Ninth District, SEIU Local 1000, AFSCME United Domestic Workers and United Steelworkers District 12.
The dinner was held in conjunction with the California Labor Federation’s 29th Biennial Convention at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. Governor Jerry Brown and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis attended as special guests.
“Secretary Solis gave an inspiring keynote speech, reminding us how important unions are to this country and to the people who are struggling day-to-day to survive,” continued Assemblymember Mary Hayashi. “California’s decision to invest in our transportation system was the result of diverse advocates uniting under the goal to put people back to work. It shows what we are capable of achieving, and as Secretary Solis said, ‘we need to keep the pressure on’ and continue to push solutions forward.”
The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 AFL-CIO and Change to Win unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.
Assemblymember Mary Hayashi is the Chair of the Business, Professions, and Consumer Protection Committee and serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Sunol.
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