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California’s Union’s Are Misdirecting Their Power

If you go to the “what we do” page of the California Labor Federation, the lead paragraph starts with this sentence: “The California Labor Federation is dedicated to promoting and defending the interests of working people and their families for the betterment of California’s communities.”

But they’re not.

What unions in California do has arguably helped their members, but the legislative agenda they support has not helped the vast majority of private sector working families. Laws passed by the California State Legislature, explicitly promoted by unions, usually cause more harm than good for the majority of California workers. Moreover, laws passed by the political coalition which these unions are part of, laws that these unions have often supported and rarely opposed, have devastated the economic opportunities for all but the wealthiest Californians.

The latest example of a bill promoted by California’s unions is AB 257, known as the “Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act.” It was signed by governor Newsom on September 5. This flawed legislation is going to form a “Fast Food Council” to regulate wages and work rules in fast food franchises. It will consist of the following members:

(1) One representative from the Dept. of Industrial Relations, a state agency, (2) two representatives of fast-food restaurant franchisors, (3) two representatives of fast-food restaurant franchisees, (4) two representatives of fast-food restaurant employees, (5) two representatives of advocates for fast-food restaurant employees, and (6) one representative from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic […] Read More