SBCTC Legislation Protecting Communities & Workers on Greenhouse Gas Reduct Projects Clears Assembly

May 30, 2013 - Today the Assembly approved State Building Trades sponsored legislation to protect workers and communities in areas with greenhouse gas reduction projects funded by a fee on refineries through the state’s cap-and-trade program with a fifty-one to twenty-five ballot . The legislation is Assembly Bill 26, by Assembly member Susan Bonilla, D-Concord

The bill, to guarantee maximum safety, requires that this work be performed by skilled journeypersons and registered apprentices. Additionally, the bill declares that these projects are public works, ensuring decent wages for the workers on these projects.

SBCTC Legislative Director Cesar Diaz stated that without the highest standards of craftsmanship and skill that can withstand the extreme rigors of the industrial process that is in operation 24 hours a day, communities would be placed at risk, and that the work therefore should be performed by trades people who are best trained in safety.  “The sole purpose of this bill is to ensure that the communities and workers in the counties where these facilities are located are protected, that the work is done by the best trained, highly skilled streamlined workforce available, and that those workers be fairly compensated,” he explained.

The bill now moves to the Senate.

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