By John Moorlach | This past year, many California legislators had the answer of who dominates them: the public-employee unions. Bill after bill, these wealthy unions showed who runs those under the Capitol dome, showing the unions own the supermajority Democrats in the Assembly and Senate.
When speaking on the Senate floor, I tried to identify a few of the most egregious bills the unions got the obedient Democratic Legislature to pass and we’ll soon find out if Gov. Jerry Brown will grant public employee union bosses more power to waste your hard-earned tax dollars and control your lives.
Even as the Legislature produced a housing bill package, the costs for prevailing wages and inclusionary zoning requirements were dramatically increased in Assembly Bill 73, by Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, and AB199, by Assemblyman Kansen Chu, D-San Jose.
Housing costs are a problem and teachers are just as impacted as other professionals. Rather than improve affordability for all, AB45, by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond, would give special housing privileges to teachers while also requiring expensive prevailing wages.
Currently, parents, friends and others who get paid helping out part-time on playgrounds are not unionized. AB670, by Thurmond, would change that, pulling funds from the classroom and pouring them into the pockets of union leaders.
For the months school is not in session during the summer, AB621, by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, gives custodians, school food workers and others without teaching or other professional credentials a back-door pay raise. It’s projected to cost schools up to $200 million a year in money that ought to go to teaching, pensions and retiree medical care.
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