Familiar labor legislation sent to Governor Schwarzenegger

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 8, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The last week of the two-year session saw a number of labor friendly bills sent to the Governor for consideration.  Many of the pieces of legislation passed out of the Assembly and Senate are revivals of bills that were vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger last year. 

AB 2209 by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) is similar to recent legislation by a number of Democratic legislators on the issue of locked-out workers and trade disputes.  The bill would create a new penalty for employers if they are found by any competent jurisdiction to have engaged in any fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct during a lock-out.  The legislation provides for the penalty even if the employer’s violating act is inadvertent or inconsequential.  CMTA opposed the bill and it was vetoed yesterday, September 7. 

AB 1884 by Assemblywoman Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) is a virtual duplication of last year’s AB 391 by Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-W. Hollywood).  The bill would allow workers to receive unemployment insurance benefits while locked-out.  This essentially requires employers to subsidize their employees during labor disputes.  Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 391 last year and again vetoed AB 1884 yesterday, September 7.

AB 2555 by Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) is also a repeat from last year, AB 169 (Oropeza), which was also vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger. This year, Assemblymember Oropeza added reporting requirements for gender pay and a new study to the bill, making it more expensive and harder for employers to comply.  AB 2555 increases civil damages for violation of gender pay equity laws.  It also requires all employers to provide their employees with written documentation of their official job title, rate of pay and the calculation that was used to determine that rate of pay.  The bill also imposes new record keeping requirements on employers and allows the Department of Industrial Relations to collect and analyze that wage rate data.  Considering that AB 2555 is worse than AB 169 vetoed last year, CMTA was not surprised when he vetoed AB 2555 yesterday, September 7.

AB 1835 by Assemblywoman Sally Lieber (D-Mountain View) is the vehicle for the minimum wage increase negotiated by Governor Schwarzenegger.  This will be a $1.25 increase in the minimum wage in a little over one year.  Assemblywoman Lieber has authored a minimum wage increase bill for the past several years, each year the bill has included an indexing provision that caused the sitting Governor to veto the bill.  This bill, however, will be signed by the Governor as it does not contain any provision for automatic increases through indexing.

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