CA Public Employee Unions behind Democrat bill to slap non-union contractors with a Scarlet Letter … [Darleen Click]
… or maybe a Yellow Star
Senate Bill 556 is another sad example of how legislative Democrats can’t say no to their main benefactor, public employee unions, even at the expense of the voters they represent. This bill is costly, unnecessary and meddlesome — a legislative solution in search of a problem.
Authored by Sen. Ellen Corbett of San Leandro, SB 556 would require contract employees working for state or local governments to affix notices to their uniforms or vehicles that identify them as “not a government employee.” According to the Assembly Judiciary Committee analysis, Corbett thinks “this bill is needed to ensure that members of the public can visually distinguish between government employees and nongovernment employees who are increasingly subcontracted to perform services once exclusively the domain of true public employees.”
We would be curious to know which members of the public are clamoring for more signage in their lives so they can distinguish between contractors and true public employees.
Is there a petition drive we missed?
Have there been mass rallies at the Capitol on this cause that have escaped our attention?
We hoped Corbett might enlighten us on these matters, but her staff said she was too busy to comment. That leaves us little option but to conclude the intent of her bill is clear and simple: To stigmatize private contractors with a scarlet letter.
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