Some proposed reforms to national labor law are finding broad support in Sonoma County
Ben Boyce, Director of the Living Wage Coalition of Sonoma County, points to a case in Sonoma Valley that he says illustrates the need for the protections embodied in the Employee Free Choice Act.
Because there has been scant enforcement of violations of the national Labor Relations Act, Boyce says businesses have developed a "culture of impunity," where occasional fines for such violations are taken in stride.
There will be a public forum about the proposed law in Santa Rosa tomorrow from 10 am to noon at SRJC's Newman Hall, with multiple labor organizations and elected officials participating, including:
Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
State Senator Pat Wiggins
Assemblyman Jared Huffman
Supervisors Shirlee Zane and Effren Carrillo, and
Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky.
During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly stated his support for the Employee Free Choice Act, a position he reaffirmed just before his innauguration in this meeting with the editorial board of the Washington Post.