Resolution To Protect Workers From Retaliation And Unjust Conditions

 

Resolution 13-07.10

 

WHEREAS, the largest employer in the United States,  Wal Mart, was cited in a May 2007 Human Rights Watch Report for its aggressive tactics aimed at opposing its workers from organizing ; and,  a January 2013 National Labor Board memo cited that eighty charges were  filed against Wal-Mart for attempting to prevent its workers from forming unions; and

WHEREAS, Federal laws, under National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB"),  require said workers to prove that offending employers manifested an intent to retaliate against workers  who complained or organized, the practical result is that many workers are left without  adequate remedies to redress their grievances and claims against employers that  take  pre-textual actions against , or impose punitive  conditions on , workers or for whatever motive, fail to provide adequate working conditions for its workers; and

WHEREAS, the California Labor and Employment Laws provide a powerful means of advocacy for workers  who seek better wages and working conditions; and, as non-union employers  have a higher incidence of poor working conditions and lower wages;  and, anti-union employers are known to  impose  sub-standard conditions on workers who complain; and that the power to enact laws for higher  wage standards and working conditions is reserved to the states; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party urges our state legislature to enact stronger state labor and employment laws to protect workers and, further, for stronger penalties for employer violations of state labor and employment laws;

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party forward this resolution to the President of the United States and each member of the California Delegation to U.S. Congress to urge enactment of National Labor Relations Board statutes to provide for strong compensatory and punitive damage awards to workers for acts of employer retaliation for against workers who attempt to organize and for enactment of new federal laws to make it easier for workers to unionize.  

 

[Amended with the consent of the author]
Submitted by: Michael Harrington, DSCC [42nd AD]
Supported by: Palm Desert Greens Democratic Club; Michelle Campbell DSCC [67th AD], Riverside County Democratic Party

 

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Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2013 Executive Board Meeting
Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 21, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

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