Racism cracks foundation of L.A.’s ‘House of Labor’

LA Times | October 15, 2022
Posted in Press Coverage

Herrera’s role in the scandal leaves unions shaken and workers’ trust shattered.

The day before he crashed headlong into disgrace via the racist mess currently upending Los Angeles politics, former labor leader Ron Herrera was out stumping for Black candidates, including Karen Bass — speaking about the need for unity among communities of color. 

Which is why Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, running for state Senate and one of those Herrera was helping, felt the blade of treachery when she heard the recording secretly made inside the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

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