For those who do not live in the People’s Republik of California, it is a one-party state dominated by progressive socialist democrats and will do everything in its power to support its corrupt special interests, the most important being the unions that control California politics with campaign funding and voter support…

The progressives at Vox Media fete the passage of AB 5 – a special interest bill that was designed to bring independent contractors in the gig economy under the control of labor unions. The original targets were Uber and Lyft, along with independent construction workers and those in the hospitality industry.

They know not what they write…


Gig workers’ win in California is a victory for workers everywhere
Millions of people have been working without basic labor protections.

After two hours of debate Tuesday, it happened: The California Senate voted on AB 5. It passed.

Democratic lawmakers applauded. Supporters of the bill cheered online.

“I have tears in my eyes and goosebumps on my limbs,” wrote Veena Dubal, a law professor at University of California Hastings.

AB 5’s passage — which Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign — could easily be seen as just another progressive victory in California. But it is more than that. It is a historic moment for the US labor movement too.

By making it hard for employers to misclassify employees as independent contractors, potentially millions of California workers who’ve been kept off payrolls will get basic labor rights for the first time, like overtime pay and unemployment benefits. This includes janitors, construction workers, security guards, and hotel housekeepers — and yes, this group also includes Uber and Lyft drivers.

“Symbolically, this is huge,” César Rosado Marzán, a labor law professor and co-director of the Institute for Law and the Workplace at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told me. “The pride of California is tech. Now they’re passing a law that says these people are your employees, and you need to take care of them. It shows that labor unions and activists have a lot of pull.”

The passage of AB 5 also means millions of new workers will now have a right to join labor unions. To get a sense of how big this workforce is, consider this: When state tax investigators audited about 8,000 California businesses in 2017, they discovered nearly half a million employees had been misclassified or otherwise left off payrolls.

The rise of misclassification is one reason labor unions have been systematically weakened since the 1980s, William Gould, a law professor at Stanford University and former head of the National Labor Relations Board, told me. That helps explain why only 1 out of 10 workers are unionized today, compared to 3 out of 10 back in the 1950s.

“This legislation will, for the first time really, attack the misclassification phenomenon,” he said.

Pushing AB 5 through the legislature is perhaps one of the most significant labor wins in decades, if only because the labor movement has had very few victories in the past 40 years. But it’s particularly significant because of California’s position as one of the world’s largest economies and its outsized influence in national politics. If any state can start to reverse the trend of shrinking labor unions, it’s California. <Source>

[OCS: Perhaps labor unions have failed to resonate in modern America is because they are fundamentally corrupt, lead by “fat cat” leaders who are as well-compensated as any corporate CEO. Basically, the reward seniority over merit, divorce wages and benefits from productivity, use arcane work rules to needlessly increase employee headcounts, support a single political party that does not reflect the wishes of many members; corrupt politics into a self-serving echo chamber than pushes “We the People” away from institutions acting in our names, and most of all, are creations of the socialist/communist mentality that openly hates the capitalism that makes their very existence possible.]

And now the chickens come home to roost…

Stepping on their own dicks…

Vox Media to Cut 200 Freelancers, Citing California Gig-Worker Law
A state law meant to target Uber and Lyft has repercussions for contributors to the sports site SB Nation.

More than 200 bloggers in California will lose regular writing gigs because of a state law meant to improve working conditions at companies like Uber and Lyft that rely on contractors rather than employees.

On Monday, Vox Media announced that it would eliminate the 200 freelance positions at its sports outlet, SB Nation, to comply with the legislation.

The affected writers are frequent contributors to the 25 SB Nation blogs focused on California teams. The team-centric sites include Golden State of Mind, for the N.B.A.’s Warriors; Conquest Chronicles, for the University of Southern California sports; and True Blue LA, which covers baseball’s Dodgers. Many of the SB Nation writers contributed dozens of posts to the sites each year for little pay, according to filings in a related lawsuit.

The law, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, “makes it impossible for us to continue with our current California team site structure,” John Ness, executive director at SB Nation, said in a post on Monday, “because it restricts contractors from producing more than 35 written content ‘submissions’ per year.”

About 20 full-time and part-time employees will replace the bloggers, said a person with knowledge of the change who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. Mr. Ness encouraged the regular freelancers to apply for those jobs

When Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed the bill into law in September, it was hailed as a blow against companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash, which will have to hire as employees many of the workers they had used as contractors to ferry passengers and food from Point A to Point B. The law is expected to affect at least one million workers.

The law also stated that any photojournalist, editor or writer who contributed to a publication more than 35 times a year would have to be made an employee. <Source>

Are you winning?

It is clear that the progressive socialist democrats that rule California with an iron hand care little about their constituents.



Bottom line…

Do you think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) or House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) give a damn about what their constituents think? Consider the bogus 3-year attempt to impeach the President of the United States from the very first day of his incumbency. All because he is a disrupter of the continuing march of progressives toward socialism and communism. He lowered taxes. He reduced administrative rules and regulations. He downsized bureaucracies. And he takes no crap from the progressive socialist democrats and their progressive media which functions as the public relations arm of the Democratic National Committee.

Vote to keep our nation free of the Democrats, the party of slavery, segregation, Jim Crow, and anti-civil rights.

We are so screwed.

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