“It was a shock – we weren’t expecting that,” the 48-year-old said in Spanish. “But we told our children, ‘Hey, we’re going to go there. We’re doing this because we want to fight for ourselves. We have to make sure that our jobs are safe.'”
By mid-afternoon, they joined a dozen of their co-workers in processing a large caravan around the state capital. A vigil was arranged by the CLUE-Clergy for Economic Justice and members of Laity United to walk through the night.
Gov. Gavin Newsome had decided on PT by midnight of 30 September to schedule thousands of jobs in the state. If passed, Legislative Bill 3216, renamed Right to Recall, would grant grants to scheduled employees, if they had the first opportunity for their employers to return to regular operations.
Outside, caravans marched around the building. “I see a very red shirt,” said Diaz, referring to his hospitality association tees, unite here! Local 11. Some attendees indicated that “support AB3216;” One painted his car to say “10 years of service”! Other workers started a hunger strike two days before the decision.
A hundred miles south of San Jose, Ash Kalra, who was a member of the California state assembly, had been fasting for 48 hours. Kalra, who wrote the bill, had not eaten since Monday evening. Kalra said that I am fasting in solidarity with my hotel staff. “It was an easy choice for me, because they are fasting for a bill that I wrote. Unless I am willing to do that, I cannot possibly fast people for my bill.”
He has fasted before last year, with Kalra and some other legislators avoiding the food for several hours to honor the 50th anniversary of the poor people’s campaign. But it marked his first hunger strike for a specific bill.
“I feel good, in terms of fasting,” Kalra said. “It feels better today than yesterday. The first day is the hardest part. I have drunk water, so it is not a complete fast. ”
The bill, which passed from both houses of the California Legislature, would apply beyond the recently placed staff at Disney. It will expand security for hotels, airports, and event centers, as well as watchmen, security and maintenance staff.
The law also provides for an additional 10 days of paid sick leave and provides for job-protected leave so workers can take care of themselves or family members affected by COVID-19. Some cities in California have already passed versions of the law – San Diego, Oakland, Santa Monica and Los Angeles.
But the entire state does not have a board. The California Chamber of Commerce put ABS 3216 on its annual “job killers” list, claiming the mandate, “proposes a brilliant and rigorous process for specific employers to return employees to the workforce, which is the basis for any Will delay employers to refinance and subject to alleged mistakes. ”
“I will fast until the bill is signed or until midnight, which will take it to 54 hours. But I hope I get a chance to eat before midnight …“
“It’s very easy that labeling someone a ‘job killer’ is really easy to sit down and figure out how to save jobs,” Kalambel said. “This is really a job saver because it ensures that these people will get saved. We are not telling hotels that rent – these are people who were already working in those jobs, and it was nobody’s fault.
Outside the Capitol, Diaz representatives from several organizations sat cautiously. The bill has support from the ACLU, California Work and Family Coalition, and Jesuit West, which submitted a letter to the government earlier this week. But it was not clear how he would decide. “We don’t know,” said Maria Hernández, here’s one! Representative. “We have to see. We did not hear anything. He has until midnight. “
“No one has spoken to us from the governor’s office,” Diaz said. “Right now, we have already roamed the entire Capitol in a procession. Here are the clergy in support and solidarity with us. Today we are going to take only one vigil throughout the day and evening. ”
If the governor does not sign before the deadline, a rule in the legislature will allow the bill to be passed into law. But it has been many years since a governor has dropped a bill.
“I will fast till the bill is signed or till midnight, which will bring it to 54 hours. But I hope I get a chance to eat before midnight. “I have no plans to eat, but I have a few snacks here — some trail mix and chips — so that if the bill is signed, I have things I can snack on quickly.”
As it turned out, Kalra will not have to wait long. Just before 8:00 pm, he received word that Gov. Newsom has vetoed the bill.
“AB 3216 Governor Newsom’s veto is devastating news for thousands of workers across our state who have been laid off,” Kalra said in a statement. “One day when Disney announced it would lay off more than 28,000 employees and when reports suggested California’s economic recovery could take at least two years, it seemed like a missed recovery opportunity for all . “