UFCW Legislative and Political Update

UFCW Legislative and Political Department Newsletter 5/30/17:  

Federal Legislative and Regulatory Update

·         The Trump Budget has been revealed, and it will make it much harder to afford college.·     The economy isn’t slow for everyone, the typical CEO at the biggest U.S. companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year.·         Congressional Democrats are introducing a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.·         The Congressional Budget Office has scored the Republican’s health care bill, providing the Senate with a clearer sense of who would win and lose under the House version. 

Political Update


·         In a huge victory for workers in Texas, Locals 1000, 540, and 455 worked together to stop SB 75 which would require parental consent for workers under the age of 18 to join a union. These three Locals pooled resources, shared political connections, and collaboratively lobbied to achieve this vital win. Thank you for the solidarity Texas Locals!

·         Montana Republican Greg Gianforte prevailed in the special election for the state’s lone US House seat despite being charged with assaulting a reporter the day before.


News From Across the Nation…

 Region 1 ·         Connecticut Democrats’ proposed budget includes taxing and regulating recreational cannabis and expanded gaming.·         In Maine, right-to-work bill LD 65 remains before the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee.·         The New York City Council passed Intro 1387-A, an ordinance that would ban on-call scheduling and require 72-hours of advance notice of work schedules, among other provisions.  ·         Vermont Governor Phil Scott Legislature vetoed marijuana legalization bill S.22, but indicated that he would be willing to reconsider in a special session this year if certain changes could be agreed upon.Region 2·         Governor Hogan announced his intention to veto HB 1. The bill, which passed with a veto-proof majority, would have required Maryland companies with 15 or more employees to offer five days of annual paid sick leave. A veto override showdown is expected in early 2018. ·         Pennsylvania’s seven-bill package of right-to-work legislation known as the “Open Workforce Initiative” remains in the House State Government and Labor and Industry Committees.Region 4·         Ohio’s right-to-work bills HB 113 and HB 53 remain in the House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee and the House Finance Committee, respectively.Region 5·         Louisiana minimum wage bill, SB 153, did not get very far. The Senate Finance committee voted against the proposal, 7-3, along party lines. This bill would have created a state minimum wage of $8 an hour next year and raise it to $8.50 in 2019.Region 6·         Missouri’s minimum wage preemption bill was approved by the legislature and now awaits gubernatorial action. This legislation was introduced in response to a recent ruling by the state Supreme Court, which upheld a 2015 St. Louis minimum wage ordinance establishing a higher wage rate.·         Illinois local right-to-work preemption bill, SB 1905 also known as “The Collective Bargaining Freedom Act,” passed by the House Labor and Commerce Committee along party lines, 15-10-1. ·         The Illinois Senate Labor Committee passed paid sick days bill HB 2771 and placed it on second reading. The measure would require employers to provide up to seven paid sick days (or 56 hours) per year, accrued hourly. Senate companion bill, SB 1296, which would provide a minimum of five sick days to employees, was referred to the Committee on Labor.·         The Illinois Senate referred Workers’ compensation insurance bills HB 2622 and HB 2525 to the Assignments Committee.  ·         Minnesota’s preemption of local labor standards bill has been sent to Governor Dayton who has vowed to veto it.Region 7

  • The Oregon legislature has passed and has sent HB 2005 to the Governor for signature. This bill would require all employers to pay the same wage for comparable work regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, marital status or age.
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave bill HB 3087 remains under consideration in Oregon’s House Revenue Committee. The bill would establish a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund that would provide employees up to 12 weeks of paid leave to care for themselves or a family member and an additional six weeks upon the birth or adoption of a child. Employees would be paid about 90 percent of their wages while on leave.

 Region 8·         Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages.·         Nevada minimum wage bill, SB 106, passed out of committee and has advanced to the Senate floor. This bill would increase the minimum wage by 75 cents each year until it reaches $12 if employers do not offer health insurance and to $11 if employers do offer health insurance.·         The Nevada Senate approved the Assembly’s amendment to SB 196, which now goes to the Governor. The bill would provide five paid sick days (or 40 hours per year) to care for one’s own health or the health of family members. Companies with fewer than 25 employees would receive an exemption, as would health and construction industry employers.·         Nevada’s Medical Marijuana Apprenticeship bill, SB 416 has passed both chambers and was delivered to the Governor.·         Western States Council and Locals 770, 135, 8, 648 and 324 took to the halls of Sacramento earlier this month to voice their support for legislation that affects their members: AB 1461, AB 1686, AB 1700, and SB 675.