Local 1000-sponsored bills all clear committee hurdles
Legislation on overtime, outsourcing, librarians, disciplinary process and rehiring practices
All six Local 1000-sponsored bills cleared key legislative committees this week, including a bill to force the state to stop laying off workers and replacing them with private contractors.
“Our legislative agenda has gotten through the first set of hurdles,” said Local 1000 President Yvonne R. Walker. “We have a lot more work to do to ensure these bills all get through the Legislature and are signed by the governor. We need our members to step up and actively support these important pieces of legislation.”
SB 343: CDCR Librarians and Inmate Community College Incentives
On Tuesday, the Senate Public Safety Committee approved SB 343 with bipartisan support. The bill, carried by Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Berkeley), would expand the role of our Unit 3 librarians in the educational and rehabilitation process for prison inmates.
The Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee passed five Local 1000-sponsored bills on Wednesday.
AB 1293 – State Contracts & Outsourcing
This bill, carried by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Los Angeles), would prevent the state from creating artificial labor shortages by laying off workers and then using the fake shortage to hire private contractors to perform the same work.
AB 466 – State Rehiring Practices
This bill, carried by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), would clarify the state’s rules on rehiring state employees who have previously left a state job under a negotiated settlement.
AB 769 – Adverse action investigation deadlines
The bill, carried by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), would streamline the state’s civil service employee discipline process by requiring most investigations to be completed in one year as is already the case with law enforcement employees.
AB 840 – Nurses and Patient Safety Act
The bill, carried by Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles), next goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for approval. In 2001, California’s Industrial Welfare Commission banned mandatory overtime for nurses in the private sector, but the ban didn’t include public sector workers. AB 840 would extend the protection to the public sector. Already, 11other states have adopted legislation similar to AB 840.
AB 874– Judicial Council representation
This bill, carried by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), would help the state employees at the Judicial Council gain union representation. Local 1000 is currently helping those workers organize.
“We believe this bill is the best way to extend representation rights to employees who seek the same workplace and collective bargaining rights that their executive branch counterparts in the same job classifications already enjoy,” Walker said in testimony before the committee. “Local 1000 believes that every worker deserves a voice. That’s why we’re strongly supporting AB 874.”