06/26/2022

Legislature’s hypocrisy prevails as bill dies

The Legislature’s dominant Democrats have bent over backwards to help unions organize workers in private and public employment, from those who work in the state’s agricultural fields to those who build electric cars for Tesla. And a substantial number of those legislators are former union members and organizers themselves.

However, the Legislature’s own employees are forbidden to join unions. They are “at will” workers who can be fired by their bosses at a moment’s notice and for any reason with no recourse.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, a San Diego Democrat and a former union official herself, proposed to close that loophole but ran into obvious reluctance from her colleagues and legislative leaders.

Finally, the Assembly leadership agreed to give her measure, Assembly Bill 2028, a committee hearing, during which she called the legislative exemption the “height of hypocrisy.”

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