The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

California Governor Kills Job Rights Bill for Laid-off Workers

Oct 12, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed a bill that would require companies in the hotel, convention center, airport and janitorial services to rehire workers, whom they laid off during the pandemic, first; and to do it based on seniority.

For many of the hundreds of thousands of workers in the hospitality service industries throughout the state, the consequences can be disastrous. Workers who got laid off, including workers with decades of seniority, said management told them that if their employers rehired people in the future, they would have to reapply for the job and, if hired, they would have to start at the bottom with no seniority.

In other words, these big, profitable companies are taking advantage of the pandemic and the economic crisis to drive down the wages and benefits they pay their workforce; and they are doing it with the help of the Democrats, who control the California state government completely.

Workers were told by their union leaders to put their hopes in legislation that would give them a measure of protection. But the Democrats are an enemy of workers, just like the Republicans represent the interests of one social class, the capitalist class against the working class.

To protect our livelihood and future, the working class can only rely on its own forces.