Our guest for today’s episode of the Capitol Weekly Podcast is Caitlin Vega, a longtime labor activist who got her start as a Teamsters organizer when she was still in her teens. Vega is currently the legislative and political adviser to the UFCW Western States Council. She spent 16 years with the California Labor Federation, ultimately working her way up to Legislative Director, before striking out on her own.
As the November election approaches, Vega is focused on what she sees as an existential battle: the effort to defeat Proposition 22 – the initiative that would classify App-based drivers as independent contractors and remove labor protections for thousands of workers.
She spoke with Capitol Weekly’s John Howard and Tim Foster about Prop. 22 and about the state of the labor movement today.