February Action Call
of California has been outraged over the punitive,
costly legislation passed in our state year after
year after year. Due to the budget debacle we
now have a window of opportunity to suspend six
recently-passed job-killer bills, at least until
the end of the recession. We need your help to
make it happen.
SBX 1 1, introduced by Senator Chuck Poochigian
and co-authored by Assemblyman Sharon Runner,
would halt the following job-killer legislation:
- AB 60 (Knox) The 8-hour
overtime legislation Remember, only Alaska and
California have this requirement. A halt to
this legislation would assist our businesses
greatly in terms of controlling overtime costs.
- AB 749 (Calderon) Record-setting
workers compensation benefit increases were
the result of this bill.
- SB 9675 (Alarcon) This
bill requires prevailing wages to be paid on
any private project that receives public assistance.
- AB 2509 (Goldberg) Allows
local jurisdiction to establish and enforce
local version of labor laws
- AB 2816 (Shelley) Requires
temporary employee placement services to provide
workers compensation insurance based on the
modification rate of their client, rather than
on the safety record of the employment company
- SB 1156 (Burton) and AB
2596 (Wesson) Requires binding arbitration for
The state legislative analyst's office has pointed
out that our state has lost more than 230,000 manufacturing
jobs in just the last two years. California now
has the third highest cost of doing business in
the United States; 32% above the national average
and by far the highest in the western states. We
urge you and your employees to contact your legislator
to voice your support of SBX1 1.
We also encourage you to pass this action call on
to other business owners. We would appreciate you
providing us their names and addresses so that we
may follow up with them. Please copy United Small
Business of California on all company correspondence.
Next month USB will review a letter to Governor
Davis outlining a "California Grace Commission",
which would scrutinize all California's expenditures.
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