Today in California we face the greatest level of income inequality on record and the disappearance of the middle class. Over the past few decades, the bargaining power of workers has steadily declined. The result has been the loss of economic stability and opportunity for millions of California families.Read More
The legislative process is another tool to build worker power and grow the labor movement. The California Labor movement draws on our greatest asset – our members – to be the voice for working people in our State Capitol.
Our legislative work is laser-focused on attacking the problems that stymie workers from organizing at their workplace. Whether it is worker retaliation, rising health care costs, subcontracted and temporary work or low wages – we develop legislative solutions with our unions and deliver new labor law protections.
See below for our past, recent, and future legislative priorities for working people in California.
Fact Sheet: AB 1897 (Hernandez)
Purpose: To hold companies accountable for wage theft and other abuses when they use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.
Fact Sheet: AB 1522 (Gonzalez)
Purpose: To guarantee every California worker paid time off to recover from illness, care for a sick family member, or bond with a new baby. AB 1522 also protects workers claiming this benefit from employer retaliation.
Fact Sheet: AB 1792 (Gomez)
Purpose: This legislation will allow the State to determine which corporations have workers supported by taxpayer-funded assistance programs, like
Medi-Cal and food stamps, because they pay low-wages, cut hours, and eliminate workers’ health coverage.
Fact Sheet: SB 1182
Purpose: To require new reporting requirements and rate review for health plans that sell in the large group market. The bill will protect large employers, employees and multi-employer plans from unjustifiable rate increases through transparency and helps them to better understand why health premiums are increasing each year.Read More
In 2013, your Union fought to strengthen worker protections, especially for
immigrant workers and their families. Here are some of the new laws that
could protect you:
The 2013 legislative session has come to an end, and there are tremendous victories for working families to celebrate. Click here for highlights from the 2013 legislative session.Read More
1. It provides a long overdue wage increase for millions of workers. California’s minimum wage has lingered at $8.00 since 2008 A $10 minimum wage would boost wages for over 2.3 million Californians The increase would directly benefit 1,616,000 workers currently earning less than $10.00, as well as another 677,000 just above $10.00 per hour(i) […]Read More
The state Enterprise Zone program started out with the goal of creating jobs in economically distressed area and employment to workers with barriers to employment. But instead of creating jobs, the program became a give away of taxpayer dollars to strip clubs, card rooms and retail giants like Walmart. Labor fought to reform the program for years, but the two-thirds vote requirement made it difficult to make even the smallest change to the program. In 2013, that all changed. This year, labor and business came together to support Governor Brown’s proposal to repurpose the EZ program. AB 93 and SB 90 support growth in jobs and industries that sustain our middle class.Read More
When large corporations like Walmart dodge their responsibilities to provide health care to their employees, taxpayers are forced to pick up the tab. That’s unfair, and it must change.
AB 880 (Gomez) demands that the state’s largest corporations pay their fair share like the rest of us. It closes the ‘Walmart Loophole” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that encourages big, profitable companies to cut hours and wages so low that workers end up on taxpayer-funded programs like Medi-Cal. The law would assess a penalty on unscrupulous corporations that are pushing their costs onto taxpayers. And it improves access to affordable medical care for millions of low-income Californians.Read More