Van Tran - Contributor
Van Tran is a Republican who represents the 68th Assembly District
in Orange County, including the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa,
Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Newport Beach, Stanton and Westminster.
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Deserve the Same Work Flexibility That Lawmakers Enjoy…
[Van Tran] 4/6/05
people in this community, I hear again and again about the
need for more flexibility in setting work schedules.
nine-to-five day may have worked well in the past, but that
was before population
growth dramatically overwhelmed
the state’s freeway capacity. These days, if we all leave
home at the same time the only people getting any work done will
be traffic reporters on the news.
want to find a way around this debilitating commute. They don’t want to sit in mind-numbing traffic. Rather
than wasting hours in gridlock, they would like to spend more
time with their children, or caring for dependent family members,
or just relaxing and enjoying California’s beautiful weather.
trying to juggle two jobs, and they simply can’t
afford to waste time sitting in traffic jams.
The simple fact is that our lives are busy, and are seemingly
more complicated every day.
probably impossible to eliminate all the complications of modern
but we certainly can find ways to ease the stress.
step is to let workers enjoy more flexibility in setting their
by doing away with the archaic state rules that
limit their options. That’s why I introduced the Workplace
Flexibility Act, Assembly Bill 640.
Currently, California law makes it very difficult for hourly
workers to have the option of anything other than an eight-hour
day. AB 640 would add flexibility to the requirements, allowing
workers and their employers to arrange for up to a four-day,
10-hour work week.
A flexible work week has benefits for everybody, even those
who continue a five-day week. Fewer cars will be on the road
during traditional commute times, so travel time will decrease.
And with fewer cars sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, there
will be less air pollution.
choose a four-day week will enjoy even more profound benefits.
you and your boss agree to a four-day week, you’ll
have 52 more days a year with family – the equivalent of
more than seven weeks of vacation! Taking care of errands and
appointments will be much easier, and you’ll have more
opportunity to attend school activities and experience the other
joys of parenting.
day of commuting takes 20 percent off your weekly travel – hours
out of the car that will add a new degree of freedom. And with
today’s crazy gas prices, just think of all the money you’ll
Many people already have the opportunity for this kind of flexibility.
Any group with a collective bargaining agreement is exempt from
the current overtime rules. That includes city, county and state
It’s time to expand this option. Your ability to enjoy
a flexible work schedule shouldn’t depend on whether or
not you work for the government or answer to a union boss. There’s
no reason that this freedom can’t be extended to workers
who work for small mom-and-pop businesses, as long as both the
owners and the workers agree.
In today’s society, we need options like the flexible
work week to deal with the complexities we face, either at work
or at home. Government shouldn’t be in the business of
restricting options, but should be trying to increase your freedom
and opportunity. This is a quality of life issue.
I am working hard to build support in the Legislature for the
common-sense Workplace Flexibility Act. When discussing the legislation
with resistant lawmakers, I will remind them that in a typical
work week in the Legislature, we come to Sacramento on Monday
morning and head home Thursday to spend time with family and
take care of business in our districts.
you have the option to work the same schedule that your elected
officials and government employees do? CRO
2005 Van Tran