That’s UC Hastings Associate Law Professor Veena Dubal, whose work helped pave the way for the passage last week of AB 5, landmark pro-worker legislation in California.
(audio) The California Supreme Court really said okay...we’re going to change the test for wage order, but we’re not going to change the test for other employment and labor law purposes, so not for workers’ compensation or unemployment insurance or discrimination, etcetera.
And what AB 5 does is says no; this is a simple test. Workers and employers need clarity across the board and so we’re going to extend this test to all California labor and employment laws. And it is a really big deal because it is seen as the first state regulation that was passed in the aftermath of the invention of the so-called Platform Gig Economy that really seeks explicitly to protect workers.
You can hear more about this landmark legislation – and the ongoing strike against GM – on State of the Unions, the AFL-CIO’s podcast; just search and subscribe to "State of the Unions" on Google Play Music, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and anywhere else you can find podcasts.
On this weekend’s labor calendar, labor walks in Virginia, labor films at the Latin American Film Festival, and the final performances of “The Moment Was Now” labor musical;
For details and all the latest labor calendar listings, go to dclabor.org and click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1891, African American sharecroppers affiliated with the Colored Farmers’ National Alliance and Union struck for higher wages and an end to peonage in Lee County, Arkansas. By the time a white mob – led by the local sheriff – put down the strike, more than a dozen people had been killed.
Today’s labor quote is by Israelmore Ayivor, a Youth Leadership Coach, Leadership Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker.
Israelmore Ayivor, who said:
“Don't give up! It seems difficult to you, right? Why not do something little about it every? A little strike each day can chop down big trees. Give it a try!”
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