Senate Labor Chairman Dave Cortese makes a statement declaring Prop. 22 unconstitutional
State Senator Dave Cortese (D-San Jose), chairman of the California Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement, made the following statement after a California judge ruled today Suggestion 22 unconstitutional.
Proposition 22 is a California voting initiative passed in the November 2020 general election that exempts employers for app-based transportation and delivery services from providing employee benefits granted to the Assembly under Bill 5, including collective bargaining rights, paid sick leave and employee compensation.
Senator Cortese and Rep. Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) laid the chairman of the working committee in each of the two chambers of the state legislature attached amicus letter Before the California Supreme Court earlier this year, asking her to hear a critical case that would determine whether Proposition 22 violates the California State Constitution. The letter made the same argument that Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch used in today’s court ruling – that Proposition 22 would usurp legislative and judicial authority and deny California workers the protection afforded by the Constitution of the state of California is inherent.
“Today is a win for the workers“Said Senator Cortese, chairman of the Senator’s Working Committee. “I am proud to see that the same argument that I and my colleague Kalra made in our plea to the California Supreme Court is used in today’s ruling – that Proposition 22 would limit our ability as lawmakers to protect workers Grant them under the US Constitution and the California State Constitution. Thank you to all union leaders for pushing for this injustice to be eradicated. “
Senator Dave Cortese represents the State Senate District 15, which encompasses most of Santa Clara County, including the cities of Campbell, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, and much of San Jose, which extends from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west up to Mount Hamilton extends range to the east.