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Alternative Voice for California:

tim gildersleeve

Candidate for California Senate District 15, 2020


Unions

Collective bargaining is a human right and I would support legislation that would codify this. I would support legislation that would allow unionization of workers to become simpler. In my opinion, a major reason why income inequality is such a factor in California (one of the highest poverty rates) is because of diminishing power of unions.

I believe in the unionization of “big-box” stores. Many low wage jobs have been created in recent years by these establishments. These workers have no one to represent them when dealing with unjust management decisions. Their wages can remain stagnant for long periods of time. Many of these workers are trying to support their families on these low wages.

The smaller businesses and family owned stores should be left alone. I do not want to see union involvement in these establishments. However, I believe that unionization of the “big-box” stores would give these smaller businesses a more level playing field. The issue to me is balance of power, checks and balances, and fair treatment for all involved.

My anger was fueled when big business tried to sell Californians proposition 32 during the November 6, 2012 election. In my opinion, the best way for businesses to bust unions (if that is their goal) is to: 1) Pay their workers well, 2) Treat their workers fairly, and 3) Be transparent and keep communication flowing between management and workers. In reality, this doesn’t happen. But to use tactics and propaganda to bust unions is unethical and immoral.

"Walmart should be unionized. So should McDonald's. So should every major big-box retailer and fast-food outlet in the nation. So should every hospital in America.  That way, more Americans would have enough money in their pockets to get the economy moving. And everyone - even the very rich - would benefit. As the president said, America cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." From Robert Reich (February 8, 2013 San Francisco Chronicle) (http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Labor-unions-raise-prosperity-for-all-4264078.php)