AB 359 – Governor Signs Historic Grocery Worker Protection Bill
While other states are competing to eliminate protections that have served workers well for decades California is taking another path and leading the way to support workers and their families.
On August 17, Governor Brown signed AB 359, a bill designed to make sure that when an employer acquires a grocery store or chain, no mass firings occur. Under current law when one grocer buys out another they can pick and choose who they want to keep or fire. This bill mandates, beginning January 1, 2016, that the new employer keep everyone on the schedule for at least 90 days with no demotions, wage or benefit reductions or cuts in pay.
This bill is a major achievement for grocery workers and will help resolve some of the uncertainty associated with buyouts and corporate takeovers.
Lorena Gonzalez, former head of the San Diego Imperial Labor Council, was the author of the bill. Click here for more information.