Legislature Surprised as Non-Union Workers Pack Committee Hearings

Why Are Union-Free Workers Showing Up at California Legislative Hearings? Is This Even Allowed? Unions routinely bring hundreds of people to legislative committee hearings at the California State Capitol. Often the attendees wear colorful T-shirts with union slogans to display their solidarity. This tactic creates a powerful visual impression of a massive collective workers’ movement. In contrast, it’s very unusual for hundreds of union-free workers to show up at committee hearings wearing their company T-shirts and proudly identifying themselves as working in a specific profession for a specific company. In fact, it’s so unusual that the crowd who runs the legislature is perplexed about why it is happening. The California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California want monopoly control of contracts and job training programs for the California prison system. Senate Bill 825 pressures the California […]

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