May 18, 2023

Labor Negotiated Supplemental Agreement to AB 2183 Signed by Gov. Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 113, which is the supplemental language that was negotiated with the Governor, the UFW, and the California Labor Federation prior to his signing of AB 2183, the card check bill. Agricultural employers were excluded from that discussion.

AB 113 removes the mail-in voting option and labor-peace election procedures from the statute. Importantly, the card check, appellate bond and penalty provisions remain in the bill. The bill also limits the number of card check elections to 75 between now and Jan. 1, 2028 which is the date that the bill sunsets.

WG voiced strenuous opposition to this unusual agreement during the Senate hearing on AB 113 and specifically called out that this agreement was made behind closed doors without public input, removes the mail-in voting option which legislators touted last year, and places an inherently unfair appellate bond process in front of employers as a way to block their appeal rights.

A draft of the bill can be read by clicking here.