California’s unions fought hard to create a strong social safety net for when workers fall on hard times. Workers need protection against unexpected interruptions in their work lives, such as workplace injuries or layoffs. However, now taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing corporations whose policies impoverish workers who then have to rely on public assistance to make ends meet. Billion dollar budget deficits over the last few years resulted in deep and painful cuts to safety net programs that have not been restored.
We will continue to fight to preserve and expand safety net programs for working people. We will push for better funding for our strained unemployment system andto preserve benefits for workers on state disability. We will fight to help injured workers get the care and benefits they deserve in the workers’ compensation system. We will make sure that employers pay their fair share if their workers rely on public assistance.