California Legislature – Unclear on the whole ‘jobs’ thingy.

Say you’re the owner of a commercial building. Based on bids, you hire a company to come in evenings and clean the building keeping your investment intact and making it presentable for your employees and clients the next day. Now imagine that company is run very poorly, they hire cheap labor, do a very poor job, don’t even show up some days, maybe steal stuff from your workplace. At the end of the year, they’ve done such a bad job you go back out to bid and hire a reputable company that has a great reputation but will cost significantly more. 

Well, good riddance to bad company, right? You’re paying more but at least you’ve got quality service and no more problems right?  

Not in California. When our esteemed legislators reconvene mid-August after their mid-autumn respite from profligately squandering our money, one of the bills they will consider is AB350 (Solorio). The bill is called the ‘Displaced Property Service Employees Opportunity Act’ and here’s what it does. Whenever an owner of a building awards a contract to provide services for their building to a new contractor, the new contractor MUST HIRE the previous contractors employees to do the work. And you’d have to keep them in place for at least 90 days. 

The predecessor bill – the Janitor Opportunity Act signed into law in 2001, only applied to janitorial staff. The new and improved version would grant the rights/protections to janitors, window washers, landscape workers, security, cafeteria and dietary services as well. You as the building’s owner, the person who hires the service personnel to support your investment, have NO VOICE whatsoever in the process. You can hire a new company but still get the same lackluster service you tried to replace – at least for 90 days. 

Because the bill creates no new jobs and only applies an additional layer of regulation to an already overburdened jobs market in the state, the Southwest California Legislative Council signaled our opposition to the measure in April. This bill should have died in committee, or at the very least should never have passed the Assembly and should not be passed by the Senate. Unfortunately our Democratic majority Assembly passed the bill and the Senate will take the matter up in a couple weeks, with probably the same result. Jerry Brown should veto the bill but again…

Oh well, that’s what happens when you have a majority of our legislature who has never held an honest job. Their ranks are bloated with lifetime ‘public servants’ and sycophants who have always fed at the public trough, never met a payroll, never had to hire or fire employees, never tasted the glory of entrepreneurship nor dealt with it’s dark side. 

Keep it up, folks. The next regulation you pass should be one making it illegal for California companies to move out of state. With all the other crap you are heaping on them, that’s the only way you’ll prevent the dozens who are departing every week from heading to Texas or South Carolina or Nevada or anyplace but California.  

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