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.

There is more that unites us than holds us apart

January 6, 2017

As we conclude one year and begin anew, we must learn from lessons of the past to make a better future. The year 2016 seemed to be characterized by an elevated level of vitriol, as though the general population has been holding in decades of frustration, shame and rage, and it has all suddenly come pouring out of every corner of society.

Remember the unsung heroes this holiday season

December 23, 2016

Every year the Register recognizes influencers throughout our communities — leaders who have made a mark, whose stories provide a glimpse into the incredible and diverse fabric that makes Orange County so special. Congratulations to each of the honorees.

Let’s work together to help supermajority succeed

December 9, 2016

Every Monday morning when the California Legislature is in session, the early Southwest flight from John Wayne Airport to Sacramento is filled with our local state senators, Assembly members and an assortment of lobbyists and staffers headed to the Capitol.

Good people must stand up and respond to divisiveness

November 25, 2016

Another election has come and gone. Locally, election workers are still tallying ballots in a number of close races. Nationally, our country is preparing for a new president to take office.

Honoring our heroes

November 11, 2016

Today is an historic day for Orange County veterans – a day when we will finally get to stand together and ensure the sacrifices, the courage and traditions of our county’s service men and women will be remembered for generations to come.

Breaking silence to break good old boy networks

October 28, 2016

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.

It is time to end the practice of incarceration for profit

September 30, 2016

Over the past few decades there has been a dramatic increase in the privatization of our nation’s prisons and jails. That growth has been accompanied by increasing scrutiny of private prison operations as one report after another has revealed disturbing conditions inside those detention facilities.

Workplace protections for farmworkers a historic achievement

September 16, 2016

Most of us learned in school that Americans can count on job protections like the 40-hour work week, maternity leave and weekends because working people stood together to fight for those rights as part of their unions.

Court reporters essential to an effective system of justice

September 2, 2016

Labor Day is truly America’s day. It is the one day that is devoted to, and celebrates, the dignity of working-class Americans. In other words, it is the day that recognizes and honors the 99 percent of us who go to work each day, take pride in the work we do and pass down to our children and grandchildren the work ethic that constitutes the core of America’s greatness.

Workers losing millions to wage theft

August 19, 2016

If you have followed this column you know I’ve often written about workers’ wages: Fair wages, a living wage, gender wage disparity. I address the subject of wages frequently for three reasons.

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