California Governor Tries To Keep Labor, Business Happy

(KCBS) — Governor Jerry Brown addressed a union convention in Las Vegas Monday, while still mulling over whether to sign some labor-friendly legislation. The California governor is walking a fine line to keep both business and labor happy.

Governor Brown didn’t get his jobs and tax break swap bill through the State Senate, but lawmakers did pass hundreds of bills at the last minute, now on the governor’s desk. Among them are some that are supported by union leaders, including one to let home-based child care providers unionize.

KCBS’ Doug Sovern Reports:

University of California, Berkeley political scientist Bruce Cain, director of the UC Washington Center, said the governor’s in a bit of a bind as he also tries to show that he’s pro-business development in a time of economic difficulty.

“It’s the fate of all centrists,” Cain said. “It’s very, very hard to sort of carve out the position in the middle between the interest groups.”

Cain claims Brown is likely to sign some, and veto others, in an attempt to placate both sides enough to win the support he needs for measures he’ll try to pass on next year’s ballot.

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  1. Labor Day Cobbler
    Dear Prof. Chomsky,

    It’s Labor Day weekend and I’m looking forward to a hard-earned day off. I can feel the excitement building with my co-workers and community as well. Questions and comments like, “What are you doing for Labor Day?”, “Enjoy your long weekend!” and “Can you believe we get Monday off?!” are common. Actually, I’ve been too busy to make plans so I just smile and say, “I don’t know, are you doing anything fun?”, “Thank you, have a good one.” or “I know, it’s great!”

    My mother hand-delivered a freshly baked “Labor Day Cobbler” to my place of business. It was very delicious and an incredibly kind gesture. She, like most of us doesn’t consider the externalities of her actions, namely the surge in afternoon drop-ins and the extra mass on my midsection. The kind remarks continued, “This is so delicious!”, “Your mother can really bake!”, “Can I get the recipe?” and “Your mom is a pro!” All of these comments, except maybe the last which, I don’t know if I should take offense to, were very nice. But my attention was concentrated on completing my deadlines before the end of the eight-hour work day.

    See full post at http://www.conversationwithnoam.com

  2. Milan Moravec says:

    Governor Brown agrees University of California Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau displacing qualified for public university at Cal Californians with $50.600 FOREIGN applicants.

    UC berkeley treats qualified Californians as second class to FOREIGN students.

    email opinions to uc board of regents marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

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