By: Katy Grimes, Cal WatchDog
SACRAMENTO — With the Republican Party at such a low ebb, the supermajority Democratic Party is advancing connections everywhere.
In particular, there’s cross-pollination between groups pushing for overtime for domestic workers — and groups receiving Obamacare money. In some cases, they’re the same groups.
Assembly Bill 241 is by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco. It mandates overtime must be paid to domestic workers, including nannies, babysitters (not teenagers) and in-home workers taking care of the disabled and elderly. Gov. Jerry Brown just signed it into law.
Many of the groups who pushed Gov. Jerry Brown to sign AB241 are direct recipients of grants from Covered California, the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, usually called Obamacare, or are subcontractors receiving the outreach money.
Let’s compare lists of the two groups. First, there are the supporters of AB241, as described in the Legislature’s description of the bill.
Second, on its website, Covered California maintains a list of those groups getting outreach funding — that is, money from the taxpayers and those enrolled in Obamacare.
Now, here are the names of some of the groups on both lists. That is, Covered California subsidizes them. And they pushed AB241 into law.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles Filipino Advocates for Justice Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern CA Dolores Street Community Services SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West The Women’s Foundation of California Pilipino Workers Center of Southern CaliforniaSan Francisco Labor Council
Brown vetoed previous bills
In 2011, Ammiano co-authored a similar bill, AB889, also called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. It passed both houses of the Legislature. The bill would have allowed a state agency to develop regulations on overtime and meal breaks for nannies, maids and other domestic workers.
But that time, it was vetoed by Brown, who wrote in his veto message:
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