Low-wage workers and small businesses are often expected to navigate the future of work on their own. L.A. County has strong enough union partnerships and sufficient creative capital to help steer our economy to prosperity that uplifts the inherent dignity of workers’ labor.
As the architect of California’s Future of Work Commission, Stern helped establish paid family leave, childcare options, wage parity for women, and transitional kindergarten for all Californians. He also developed an innovative program to offer debt-free college for a year of public service.
During the pandemic, Stern converted his small but mighty District Office into a full-time casework operation, fielding more than 10,000 calls to assist constituents in need, including renters, working parents, small businesses, unemployed workers, isolated seniors, developmentally disabled students, and unhoused neighbors.
Stern’s recent achievements include expanding the California film tax credit to encourage more production jobs in L.A., new safety protections for workers in the oil and gas industry, and the largest ever investment in small business assistance in state history.