California’s Drug Transparency Law Providing Major Benefits to Working People

July 10, 2018
Contact: Steve Smith 510-326-4644

Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski

Today’s news that large drug companies are cancelling price hikes that would further gouge Californians is proof positive that our state’s landmark drug transparency law is working. SB 17 was a top priority for California’s labor unions. We went up against deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies, that fought transparency tooth and nail, to deliver this victory on behalf of all working people.

Now we know why Big Pharma spent so much money lobbying to defeat this bill. It shines a light on the industry and stops outrageous price hikes. We thank Sen. Ed Hernandez for his tireless work on this issue. This win for all Californians shows the power working people have when we stand together to demand measures that take on special interests and advance the fight for the common good.

The California Labor Federation is made up of more than 1,200 unions, representing 2.1 million union members in manufacturing, retail, construction, hospitality, public sector, health care, entertainment and other industries.