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What's Next for Labor Unions?
by Michael Miiller
When the 2022 bill signing deadline had come and gone, Governor Newsom signed every labor union priority bill that
had reached his desk. Labor unions celebrated their victories, and immediately began looking ahead to 2023. Below are
a few issues that labor unions may pursue when the legislature reconvenes in January.
Card Check:
When Governor Newsom signed card check legislation, it was with the written promise from labor unions they would
pursue legislation in 2023 to amend the bill he signed into law. The 2023 legislation would eliminate vote-by-mail for
union organizing, cap card check elections at 75 over a five year period, and repeal the labor neutrality agreement.
Ultimately, these would be small improvements to a really bad bill.
However, (and practically speaking) while labor unions control the legislature, they aren't actually elected to the Senate
or the Assembly. In other words, the legislature is not compelled to honor the agreement between Newsom and labor
unions. Additionally, those unions have no incentive whatsoever to actually deliver on their promise and there is no
accountability if the unions are not true to their word.
The Jobs with Justice movement is growing from Sonoma County to other parts of the state and gaining statewide
media attention - Including attention from lawmakers. We should not be surprised to see new legislation in 2023 related
to wildfires. This may include wage guarantees, mandatory worksite " observers " , and hazard pay.
Minimum Wage:
In 2016, labor unions successfully pushed to increase the minimum
wage to $15 per hour and tie future increases to the cost of living
index. In 2023, the minimum wage in California will be $15.50 due
to the escalator clause in that 2016 law. It is expected that labor
unions will demand a $20 minimum wage. This seems almost
inevitable as unions are already pushing for a $22 minimum wage
for fast food workers.
Unemployment Insurance Taxes:
In California, the first $7,000 of annual earnings per employee are
subject to UI taxes which are paid by the employer. A Stanford
University study released in March suggests that it is time to
increase the annual taxable wage limit from $7,000 to $31,200
which represents a tax increase of more than $10 billion annually.
If this effort is successful, it would make it easier for labor unions
to demand increased UI benefits in the future. Draw your own
Recently, employees at a Home Depot store in Philadelphia voted
165 to 51 against forming Home Depot Workers United, which
would have represented 274 employees at the store. This kind of
worker rejection of unions is happening all over the country.
Consequently, in 2022, California unions pushed for legislation that
essentially does two things: 1) Gives them more control over the
elections; and 2) Increases compensation for employees, which
coincidentally covers the cost of an employee's union dues. This
will likely continue in 2023. | Page 7

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