Union-only carve-out for meal periods

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 27, 2010

A bill that would give certain union industries relief from meal period liability, AB 569 (Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet), heads to the Governor’s desk.

Currently all industries, businesses, and occupations are subject to a restrictive statute which has resulted in costly litigation. CMTA believes that a comprehensive solution must be reached in order to provide ALL businesses regardless of size, type or union status, with appropriate clarity and guidance for the compliance and enforcement of meal period laws.

AB 569 only carves out union commercial drivers, construction workers, security guards and electrical workers from the meal period statute. CMTA believes that all union companies should be allowed to collectively bargain these provisions and that non-union companies should receive the same flexibility by clarifying the current statute.

CMTA will continue lobbying for a comprehensive solution to California’s meal period law for all employees. We are requesting a veto of AB 569 which only provides relief to a few.

Call the Governor’s legislative unit today to voice your opinion: (916) 445-4341.

To see a template of a letter to the Governor, go to:  www.cmta.net/pdfs/AB 569_VETO_Template.doc

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