In his CALmatters column, Dan Walters questions the tight-knit relationship between labor unions and California legislators.
In his look at how friendly the two groups are, Walters refers to two examples, one of which holds local importance.
While last week’s state Supreme Court ruling in the Gerawan Farming v. United Farm Workers of America was a decision made by a judge, Walters notes that the decision was guided by a 15-year-old law passed by the legislature which, he says, was passed “to boost the struggling United Farm Workers Union.”
The law to which Walters refers designates the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) as the deciding authority when employers and unions reach an impasse in contract negotiations.
Taking Walters’ argument one step further, it can be seen that many ALRB members, who are gubernatorial appointees, are fairly left-leaning. While the political landscape was more balanced when the law was passed, the shifting party politics have created a system in which most appointees to various boards, including the ALRB, are liberal.
While neither positive nor negative at face value, this trend creates an environment more sympathetic for traditionally liberal groups, like unions.
Many Contradictions of Tesla
Walters continues with his second example: the contradictions of Tesla.
While legislators tout the achievements of electric automakers like Tesla, they simultaneously threaten to remove tax subsidies if Tesla fails to allow the United Auto Workers to organize in their factory.
Walters enjoys the irony.
To read his full take, click here: How far can Democrats go to help unions?