Amid outrage over a controversial leaked audio recording featuring senior LA city officials, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera offered his resignation at a meeting Monday night with the federation’s board, which two sources close to the situation say are accepting became.
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, head of the California Labor Federation and former head of the AFL-CIO’s San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, confirmed to The Times that Herrera has offered his resignation to the board. “We are focused on restoring solidarity and trust in the labor movement,” she said.
A spokeswoman for the district association did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The sources asked for anonymity to describe sensitive internal matters. A source said the organization would make a formal statement on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, reports circulated that Herrera had reportedly been “placed on administrative leave pending a meeting of the LA Federation of Labor Executive Boards to be held tonight,” the California Labor Federation said in a Monday email to state union leaders, the mal.
Herrera — along with Los Angeles City Council members Nury Martinez, Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo — attended a behind-closed-doors conversation in October 2021 where Martinez said a white council member treated his young black son as if he were an “accessory,” and Councilor Mike described Bonin’s son as “Parece changuito‘ or ‘like a monkey’.
Other racist and derogatory remarks were made during the conversation, which focused primarily on the city’s decennial redistribution process and the preservation and maintenance of Latino political power.
The conversation remained private for about a year before becoming public on Sunday after The Times reported on it. The leaked audio was originally posted on Reddit.
The borough association’s move comes amid growing calls for Herrera to resign from his top job and calls for Martinez, De León and Cedillo to step down from the city council. Martinez, who was city council president, announced she was stepping down from her leadership post Monday morning, but she remains on the council.
The leaders of eight California SEIU unions with members from the Los Angeles area issued a statement Monday morning calling on Martinez, De León and Cedillo to resign from their council seats and Herrera to resign from his post. Shortly before Monday night’s meeting, Herrera’s hometown, Teamsters Local 396, had joined snowballing calls in the labor movement for Herrera to resign from the association.
The email from state association chairman Gonzalez Fletcher emphasized that the district association was separate and separate from the state-level association.
“We have no authority over the central labor councils — they are chartered independently from the AFL-CIO,” Gonzalez Fletcher said in the statement. “We have contacted the AFL-CIO and the Los Angeles Federation of Labor regarding this egregious matter.
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler issued a statement Sunday saying, “We will gather all the facts, but the hate speech that was reported at this meeting is inexcusable.”
“Until we have accountability, we cannot begin the healing process,” wrote Gonzalez Fletcher. “We have much work to do to ensure that the labor movement is a place where ALL workers can come together in solidarity in our common struggle.”
The Labor Federation described the leaked audio as part of a “serious security and privacy breach” at the offices of the LA County Federation of Labor that made “illegal” recordings of “many private and confidential conversations in private offices and conference rooms” in a Sunday E -Mail to included affiliates, according to text provided to The Times.
Julia Wick, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-10/ron-herrera-resigns-los-angeles-labor-federation-head-amid-leaked-recording-furor-sources-say Ron Herrera resigns as L.A. Labor Federation head amid furor over leaked recording, sources say