Gino DiCaro

CMTA industrial relations lobby day to be held June 13th

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 9, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

CMTA is holding an Industrial Relations Lobby Day on June 13, 2006. Members will travel to Sacramento from across the state to meet with the Governor’s office, legislators and regulatory officials. The meetings will focus on the areas of human resources, safety, and workers’ compensation.

  • Preserving the Workers’ Compensation Reforms – The reforms embodied in AB 227, Chapter 635, Statutes of 2003, (Juan Vargas, D-San Diego), SB 228, Chapter 639, Statutes of 2003, (Richard Alarcon, D-Sun Valley) and SB 899, Chapter 34, Statutes of 2004, (Charles Poochigian, R-Fresno) have worked! Pure premium rates are down by over 50 percent over the past two years and California is finally falling into line with other states around the country. However, over the past few years labor unions and attorneys have made it clear that they want to roll back many of the key provisions in the reforms.

  • Flexible Work Schedules – California is one of only three states in the nation that operate on an 8-hour day instead of a 40-hour week. This lack of flexibility unnecessarily limits the ability of employees to meet other important personal and family obligations. Flexible work schedules carry substantial support in polls and are also touted on union websites as a benefit of membership. However, year after year, any effort to institute a workable system of flextime for non-union employees in California is thwarted. CMTA believes that a reasonable compromise on this issue is a possibility if the stakeholders come to the table in good faith.

  • Soaring Cost of Health Care – California’s manufacturing industry has a proud history of providing high wage jobs and great benefits packages to employees. Employment in the manufacturing industry has been a road to the middle class lifestyle for decades. However, the rapid inflation in health care costs for employers is making it increasingly difficult for manufacturers to continue their wage and benefits packages. The only solutions being considered in the California legislature are all variations on employer mandates that merely shift cost to employers instead of addressing the underlying cost drivers in the health care system.
During the CMTA Industrial Relations Lobby Day, we will engage with the legislators who will ultimately answer the important employment law questions facing California. The event will consist of morning meetings, a lunch with Labor Secretary Victoria Bradshaw as our speaker, afternoon meetings and a late afternoon debriefing.
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