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Tell the Governor, fixing hazards saves lives!

Posted on Oct 2, 2013
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Take action to close the loophole that employers use to delay fixing serious workplace hazards - Tell the Governor to sign AB 1165!Urgentstamp_200x200

When a truck is found to be unsafe due to bad brakes, it has to be taken off the road until it’s fixed.

Why should an unsafe piece of machinery in a factory stay in use simply because an employer wants to appeal a citation?

AB 1165, authored by Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, will protect working people by closing an existing loophole that lets employers game the system and get automatic extensions to fix hazards when cited for serious, willful, or repeat violations. This critically needed bill has passed out of the legislature and now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.

For workers in high-risk occupations, this bill will literally save lives, and it will do so without reinventing the wheel – it’s already the law in Washington, Oregon, and under the federal Mine Safety and Health Act. It’s time for California to join this list!

The working people of California need the governor to sign the bill into law by the October 13th deadline, so please write or call him today!

How to tell the Governor you want him to protect Californian’s workers?

Send a fax: Scroll down for our model letter, update it with your information and the date, and fax it to the Governor’s office.

Send an email: You can email Governor Brown (click here); simply fill out the fields to send him an email (don’t forget to select “AB01165/occupational safety and health: violations” from the "choose your subject" drop-down menu), then on the next page, paste the text from the model letter into the email field and send.

Make a call: Call the Governor’s office at (916) 445-2841. You can simply say "I'm [name] from [city, state] and I'm calling to urge the Governor to sign AB 1165 into law. Thank you."

Click here (.docx) or here (.pdf) for the AB 1165 model letter to Governor Brown.
Click here (.pdf) for the AB 1165 Fact Sheet.

AB 1165 Supporters

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
Breathe California
California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union
California Conference of Machinists
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative
California Labor Federation
California Nurses Association
California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation
California State Association of Electrical Workers
California State Pipe Trades Council
California Teamsters
Centro Legal de La Raza
CLEAN Car Wash Campaign
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Employee Rights Center
Engineers and Scientists of CA, IFPTE Local 20
Heat and Frost Insulators Local 5
Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA)
International Longshore and Warehouse Union
La Raza Centro Legal
Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF)
National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee
Professional Technical Engineers, IFPTE Local 21
Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety & Health (SoCalCOSH)
State Building and Construction Trades Council
United Farm Workers
United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council
United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities
Utility Workers Union of America
Watsonville Law Center
Western States Council of Sheet Metal Workers