On International Workers’ Day, Governor Newsom Celebrates Dignity of Work

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After working alongside facility staff at American River College, Governor Newsom signs executive order creating Future of Work Commission

SACRAMENTO – On International Workers’ Day, Governor Gavin Newsom spent the morning worked alongside custodian Maria Arambula and groundskeeper Brenda Baker at American River College. He talked about the sense of purpose and meaning that work often creates within people.

“There’s no yearning more central to the human experience than finding purpose,” said Governor Newsom. “For so many Californians, having a job is about more than just getting a paycheck – it’s about belonging. It’s about understanding that you fit into a broader picture and that you provide value to others. As California builds the economy of tomorrow, we must prioritize our workers and strengthen pathways for Californians to find meaning through work.”

Governor Newsom checks the light bulbs at ARC facility
Governor Newsom checks the light bulbs at ARC facility
Governor Newsom signs executive order creating Future of Work Commission

Governor Newsom celebrated May Day by working alongside custodian Maria Arambula and groundskeeper Brenda Baker at American River College in Sacramento.

At the event, the Governor also today signed an executive order establishing a Future of Work Commission to help prepare our state’s workforce and state government for changes in the economy.

The order can be read here.

The Future of Work Commission will be tasked with getting underneath the hood of our state’s economy to understand and forecast how technological and economic developments will impact workers, workforce needs, regional economies and industries within our state’s economy. The Commission will be tasked with making recommendations to help California leaders think through how to create inclusive, long-term economic growth and ensure workers and their families share in that success. The Commission will work to develop a comprehensive statewide strategy to lift up and upskill workers, to improve job quality, to ensure technological advancements create jobs and to reform our institutions to allow more people to find dignity in work.

Today’s announcement comes on May 1st or May Day, which is recognized as International Workers’ Day in commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Joe McHugh, California Highway Patrol. For high resolution copies of these images, contact Danella Debel at Danella.Debel@gov.ca.gov.

 

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