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BREAKING: California Unions Issue Statement on Unemployment for Striking Workers Bill Failure to Pass

California Unions Issue Statement on Unemployment Benefits for Striking Workers Bill Failure to Pass Key Vote

Sacramento, CA – (Wednesday, June 26, 2024) – Today, Senate Bill 1116, which would have allowed workers on strike to access unemployment insurance benefits, failed in Assembly Insurance Committee on a 6-2 vote.

“SB 1116 would have ended the the wrongful prohibition on striking workers to access unemployment insurance, ensuring they don’t lose their homes and go without food, when they are forced to strike to improve their wages, benefits  and working conditions. A supermajority of Assemblymembers and Senators passed an identical bill last year,” said Lorena Gonzalez, principal officer of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. “The failure to pass this bill only punishes grocery workers, janitors, hotel housekeepers, and other workers on strike demanding a better life for themselves and their families.”

The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO represents over 1,300 affiliated unions in California with over 2.3 million union members in trucking, retail, hospitality, janitorial, construction, health care, local and state government, education, arts and entertainment, warehousing and logistics, manufacturing, and a variety of other sectors.

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