Election night was bittersweet for those of us in Labor. California elected Attorney General Kamala Harris to the United States Senate. She is the first bi-racial Senator ever and she will fight Donald Trump every step of the way. California passed Proposition 55 to provide better education for kids. In Los Angeles County, Measure M was passed for a vastly improved transit system. Proposition JJJ was passed, which will result in affordable housing. Both of these will add many new, good jobs.
The election of Donald Trump as president is a big loss for Labor. Under a Trump Administration, Labor will face Boards, a Supreme Court, and a Republican Congress which will most certainly attempt to turn back the improvements we have made. They may uphold "Right-to-Work", and other anti-worker laws, which will make life harder for the dwindling middle class.
We will not let our losses defeat us. We have a big fight ahead of us, but if we join and work together, we can work to make changes in the mid-terms of 2018 and most especially, the next Presidential election of 2020. Historically, Los Angeles and California have lead the nation in making a path to a brighter future. We won't stop. Now, more than ever, we are needed to do what we have always done ... lead.