9. Angie Wei
Angie Wei is the chief of staff for the California Labor Federation, the backbone of California’s organized labor community, which means she can – and does – exert serious political clout. Last year’s victories included the passage of a $15 minimum wage and increase in overtime pay for farm workers. Wei was one of those who brought labor to the table in discussions about marijuana legalization with the passage of Proposition 64 last year – a critical issue for labor. As a key player in the umbrella organization linked to California’s 1,200 AFL-CIO chapters that represent 2.1 million workers, Wei, a deft organizer, can get boots on the ground in critical political campaigns. Wei also is the chair of the Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation, a key position dealing with the management and legislative changes to the state workers’ compensation insurance system, and workplace safety – all issues of import to organized labor.
Updated Aug. 29, 2017