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Governor Vetoes Bill To Allow Child Care Workers to Organize

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Republicans have derided the bill as a push to "unionize babysitters" and said it would raise state spending during a budget crisis.  And in his veto message, the governor cited budget cuts and said "I am reluctant to embark on a program of this magnitude and potential cost."  But Michael Cox with the bill's sponsor, the Service Employees International Union, says child care workers toil long hours and are often invisible to the public.

Cox: "All we're asking - and all they're asking - is to be allowed to join together at the table with a common voice to address some of the challenges that they face."

Brown's veto of this labor-backed bill comes days after signing another union-supported measure that infuriated Republicans.  That law forbids local governments from banning labor agreements that set union wages and benefits for a particular project.

Also Tuesday, Brown signed a measure that will allow non-profit organizations to operate state parks that are closing due to budget cuts and a ban on the chemical known as B-P-A in baby bottles and "sippy cups."

He vetoed a bill that would have allowed welfare applicants to have a car valued at more than $4,650.  In his veto message, the governor cited the state's budget crisis and said it's the wrong time to expand the state's CalWORKS program.

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