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This week the Supreme Court sided with corporate billionaires to threaten hardworking families in California; an outright attack on unions that reminds me of a story from 2009, when Democrats controlled the government.
At the time, our objective was to move transformative legislation before Midterm elections threatened our majority.
We made an enormous push to make life better for every working family in America. That meant making it easier to form unions with the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), to provide economic justice and equality for workers.
It was co-sponsored by a wide range of Democrats in both chambers.
But after supporting it on the campaign trail, when it came time to pass legislation, Senator Dianne Feinstein said it was suddenly “too divisive.”
Senator Feinstein led the fight to scuttle EFCA, proposing a “compromise” that kept the scales balanced toward bosses and employers.
Imagine 9 years of organizing under fair rules in the private sector. It would have made the Janus hit a lot easier to absorb. Instead, private sector unionization rates have continued to slide southward, taking political and economic power for workers with it.
I know things look bleak right now. But future opportunities to protect workers will exist.
I promise you this: I won’t scuttle laws to strengthen unions. I’ll champion them each day I’m in office.
That’s the kind of State Senator I’ve been, and it’s the kind of US Senator I pledge to be. It’s the very least that Californians deserve.