Silicon Valley Rising, which includes organizations like- SEIU 521, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and UNITE HERE Local 19- filed formal paperwork with the City in February intending to collect signatures for a ballot initiative. This week the group officially turned in more than the needed amount of signatures to place the measure on the local ballot. The ballot initiative is is designed to get into the management of businesses by forcing employers to offer existing employees additional hours of work and show proof of doing so before the business is able to hire additional outside staff.
This initiative puts the government in the position of micro-managing businesses, limiting the ability for a flexible workforce. Specifically, the initiative will force businesses to provide training opportunities to those that want the hours but are under qualified, while also adding new posting compliance regulations and records retention requirements or fines will be levied to the establishment.
The initiative is a move by labor unions looking to boost their membership numbers in an attempt to phase out private sector part-time employees. The negative impacts of this initiative are vast and will likely force teens out of jobs that are crucial for their future employment prospects, raise consumer prices in a time when competition is higher than ever, and severely decrease if not eliminate seasonal employment opportunities.
CRA is joining local business groups in fighting this initiative. If you would like to stay connected on developments of these efforts, please reach out to Jessica Lynam, Director of Local Government Affairs- Bay Area, at firstname.lastname@example.org.