OCEA in the Register
OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir Beuthin writes a bi-weekly column in the Orange County Register about issues impacting working people.
Putting politics aside to honor veterans with a final resting place
November 30, 2017
Americans are deeply divided on many issues, but one issue that continues to unite us is a deep concern about economic security in retirement.
Saying thank you to our local veterans
November 16, 2017
For the past five years, Orange County labor unions have joined with the Orange County Fair and Events Center and many community allies to host a Veterans Day tribute.
Hold those who tread on our freedom accountable
November 3, 2017
Most mornings, I drive to work. Most other Californians do the same. We know our cars can be dangerous, so we use turn signals and follow the speed limits and yield to pedestrians. We purchase insurance and wear seat belts; decry drunk driving and mourn when accidents take lives.
Make tomorrow better for women and girls
October 20, 2017
The crowd grew very quickly at Anaheim’s Pearson Park on Monday. By 6 p.m., more than 400 peaceful demonstrators holding signs that read “Unity” and “Stop Hate” were gathered at the park near Harbor Boulevard and Cypress Street. Just two days earlier, the location was the scene of a violent and bloody clash between a handful of Ku Klux Klan members and a group of anti-Klan – mainly young – protestors.
Justice for all? Or just those at the top of county courts
October 6, 2017
If there has been one silver lining to the mud pit this presidential election has become, it’s that the national backlash against what Donald Trump so dismissively called “locker room talk” has given a voice to countless women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.
Lack of health care access a gateway to homelessness
September 22, 2017
Headlines about homelessness increasing in Orange County appear regularly in the media these days, along with images of riverbed encampments and stories about crime, hope, the lack of affordable housing and the need for a stronger safety net.
Union members laboring for disaster victims
September 8, 2017
This week is Labor Day week. Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, and before that had been unofficially celebrated for years in support of the role labor unions play in achieving advances in the working lives of Americans, including weekends, overtime, paid holidays, and health and retirement benefits. It has traditionally been a time of parades, community events and family-centered celebrations.
Bring county contracts out of the shadows
August 25, 2017
The Orange County Fair opens today—this year with some new educational opportunities that highlight the roles of the working men and women who helped build our great county and country.
Reining in predatory pharmaceutical drug prices
August 11, 2017
I’ll bet every Orange County Register reader knows someone who relies on prescription medication to stay alive. Whether they’re fighting cancer, controlling high blood pressure or diabetes, treating an auto immune disease or a bout with pneumonia, access to medication is just as critical as food and water for many in our communities.
Put democratic process ahead of partisan politics
July 28, 2017
Last month the Orange County Board of Supervisors quietly voted to reject a new model for voting in our county elections that would have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and expanded access to voting.