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.

SB 1182 (Leno) Increasing Transparency and Controlling Health Care Costs

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.

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2013 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

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.

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10 Reasons to Support a $10 Minimum Wage

 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) […]

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Enterprise Zone Reform: A Three-Pronged Approach

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. 

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Close the “Walmart Loophole”

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.

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