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Building Trades-Sponsored Legislation to Protect Worker Earnings Deductions Against Unscrupulous Contractors Heads to Gov.’s Desk

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The California Building Trades (SBCTC) have been hard at work to enact legislation which would prevent “deceptive and unfair” use of worker earnings deductions by anti-union contractors. According to a news release from the group that hit the net on Tuesday, Governor Jerry Brown is now in a position to sign the bill into law should he choose to:

Senate Bill 776, the SBCTC-sponsored legislation to prevent workers’ wages from being used to fund sham labor compliance committees, has won final approval from the Legislature and is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

The bill is designed to close an unfair loophole that allows anti-union contractors to deduct funds from workers’ wages to fund committees to “monitor and enforce” worker protection laws, and to define those contributions as “fringe benefits” that can be applied to prevailing wage requirements. In fact, those committees have no worker representation at all, and are actually used to fund anti-worker, anti-union causes. SB 776 stops this dishonest practice by clarifying that the payments may be applied to the prevailing wage only if they are made to a joint program or committee established by the federal Labor Management Cooperation Act of 1978.  This bill has so alarmed anti-union lobbying groups such as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) that its leader has complained in communications to members about the harmful effect it will have on those anti-union committees.

The measure was approved by the Senate earlier this year, and passed the Assembly by a 52-23 vote on August 8, sending the bill to the Governor’s desk.

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