Jose Solorio and Tony Mendoza, Assembly Democrats, Blasted for "Anti-Business" Bills

Categories: OC Media, Politics
A proposed law authored by one Orange County assemblyman is being called a big favor for big labor, while legislation from another has powerful California business interests lined up against it.

The legislators are Democrats and California Latino Legislative Caucus leaders Jose Solorio of Santa Ana and Tony Mendoza, whose LA County district includes OC's Buena Park.

Let's say you own an office building, and let's say the cleaning crew you've hired to empty the trash and mop the floors at night does a lousy job. As always, you can fire the cleaning crew and hire a new one.

However, under Solorio's Assembly Bill 350, the new contractor would be required to rehire the previous contractors' employees--or, as you the office building owner may refer to them, "the fuck-ups."

Here's how Solorio's website touts "the Displaced Property Service Employee Opportunity Act":

This bill would expand existing law to retain more property services workers when a property service contract has been terminated. The bill would also extend employment with the new contractor from 60 days to 90 days.

There's much more between the lines, according to the editorial boards of various Central Valley newspapers--from the Bees of Sacramento and Modesto to Irvine-based Freedom Communications' Marysville Appeal-Democrat. An editorial in the latter opines:

In the first place, the government has no legitimate right to dictate whom a private business must hire. It boggles the mind to contemplate a private concern that fires a contractor for inferior service being forced to rehire the same incompetent workers through a new contractor.

Assembly Bill 350 is even more pernicious than that. The legislation, backed by a number of unions, also is a thinly disguised way to perpetuate a unionized shop. It would expand on a previous bill passed a decade ago that extended such job protection to janitors. That law never should have been passed, and neither should this one.

Mendoza, who chairs the California Latino Legislative Caucus, has a bill headed for the Senate floor that would ban the use of consumer credit reports in hiring nearly all workers in California. Besides passing the Senate Appropriations Committee with a 5-2 vote Monday, AB 22 also has the support of the California Labor Federation and the Consumer Federation of California, which promotes "justice in the marketplace."

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