Governor Brown Signs SBCTC Bill to Protect Construction Workers' Wages

September 8, 2016 - Dealing yet another major blow to anti-union, anti-worker contractors and organizations such as Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council of California to further ensure that funds from construction workers’ wages are not deducted against their will and then used by anti-union employers to harm workers’ interests.

Senate Bill 954 by Senator Bob Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys, was previously approved by both the Senate and Assembly.

This bill expands on the landmark reform of SB 776 of 2013 which stopped many such unscrupulous wage deductions by requiring that they be paid only to a joint program or committee established by the federal Labor Management Cooperation Act of 1978.

SB 954 enhances that protection by specifying that for the contributions to be applied against the prevailing wage, the employer must actually be a party to a collective bargaining agreement—agreed to by workers—that authorizes the contributions.

SBCTC President Robbie Hunter commented: “By signing this important legislation, Governor Brown has again demonstrated his commitment to the best interests of working families, to protecting their wages and ensuring California’s working people have a fair say in the issues that affect them.”


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