SB 419 IS A BLOW TO CENTRAL VALLEY WORKERS – PUTTING THOUSANDS OF QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES OUT OF WORK
Senate Bill 419 (SB 419), authored by Senator Stern (D – Los Angeles), puts Central Valley workers out of work – threatening the livelihood of hard-working Californians and their families in the most disadvantaged region of the state that’s already reeling from the pandemic and an impending drought.
The California Legislature recently passed a host of bills to protect workers from facing unemployment amid the pandemic. Yet now, SB 419 threatens thousands of Central Valley workers who have amassed roughly 12 million hours of experience, education and training by putting arbitrary barriers to work in the oil and gas industry that they’ve done safely for decades.
SB 419 fails to account for the years of job training, education, and experience that many hard-working Central Valley employees have gained throughout their careers – deeming them now unqualified to for jobs that they’ve been doing safely for decades.
SB 419 NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THE CENTRAL VALLEY
California’s Central Valley already suffers some of the highest unemployment rates in the state and it’s the reason Governor Newsom pledged in his first state of the state address in 2019 that he was
committed to unlocking the enormous potential of the Valley.
SB 419 does exactly the opposite by displacing thousands of workers in the already struggling Central Valley.