Campbell (R-Irvine) is an Assemblyman representing the 70th District
in Orange County. Mr. Campbell is the Vice-Chairman of the Assembly
Budget Committee. He is the only CPA in the California State legislature
and recently received a national award as Freshman Republican
Legislator of the Year. He represents the cities of Newport Beach,
Laguna Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Laguna
Woods and Lake Forest. He can be reached through his Assembly
and through the website
for his California Senate campaign.
Just two weeks of unionized monopoly at the Legislature
by John Campbell 5/24/03
I have no
problem with union members. I have no problem with unions themselves
and even extensively worked with one when I was affiliated with
Saturn Corporation. But many union bosses have a different agenda
than the health of their members and their industry. And I have
a major problem with any group that continually uses the power
of government fiat to give themselves advantages or a monopoly
in the marketplace.
A very small
fraction of the workforce in California is unionized. But you
wouldn't know that by the volume and severity of union bills running
through the Legislature these days. Here is just a sampling of
union-mandate bills (with their partners the trial lawyers) that
have passed the Assembly in just the last 2 weeks!
AB 1141 - Requires government supervisory and management employees
to join the union or pay union dues if any of the "rank
and file" employees they supervise are in a union.
AB 1230 - Creates and certifies a union amongst employees of
the University of California without an election if a majority
of the employees have indicated by some other method that they
want to join a union.
AB 274 - Forces employers to prove with a preponderance of evidence
that they had reason to discipline their employee. This bill
encourages workers to file lawsuits as a way to preempt an employer
from taking any type of disciplinary action.
AB 1715 - Prohibits binding arbitration clauses in employment
contracts (except for unions) thereby requiring court adjudication.
AB 276 - Increases penalties for administrative labor code violations
by up to 500%.
AB 1506 - Requires union labor on any project funded in any
part by the High Speed Rail Act.
AB 1538 - Requires construction contractors to display their
name and license number on any vehicle they drive to the job
site so that trial lawyers have a new "shakedown lawsuit"
opportunity and unions can harass nonunion contractors.
ACR 80 - Asks the Superintendent of Public Instruction to fire
the state administrator of the bankrupt Compton school district
because he has refused to accept union demands for a 6% pay
AB 1028 - Reinstates the $6 million/year California Apprenticeship
Council which discriminates against nonunion workers and is
in the process of being decertified by the US Department of
AB 1281 - Further increases retirement benefits for public employees
in the midst of a fiscal crisis.
AB 671 - Union-sponsored bill to allow revocation of a private
security firm's license for violations of the labor code.
AB 1020 - Creates new ways to sue public water agencies and
awards attorneys' fees but only to the plaintiff, not the defendant.
This is just a partial list from the last 2 weeks. Enough said.
This weekend, enjoy the holiday but take time to remember those
for whom the Memorial Day Holiday was established to keep in our