Legislative Action

1. Support SB715 (Galgiani): The Bill to Protect Pensions

SB 715 would amend the public contracts code retroactively to 2015 adding Chapter 3.95 (commencing with Section 12147) to Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, relating to public contracts. The amendment would state that UC shall not enter into a public service contract with an asset manager for a defined contribution plan unless that defined contribution plan was a compliment to the defined benefit pension, and not a stand-alone option.

2. Support AB500 (Gonzalez): The Bill for Paid Maternity Leave for School and Community College Employees

AB 500 will require K-14 districts to provide certificated and classified employees a paid leave when an employee is required to be absent of a length to be determined between the employee and their doctor for a minimum of six weeks for pregnancy, miscarriage, childbirth and recovery.

This bill will help keep valued school employees in the workforce after having children and will end the current discriminatory practice that forces only female employees to utilize their leave balances to bear children.

3. Support AB897 (Medina): For Improved Part-Time Faculty Teaching Loads

AB 897 would change the percentage of the full-time equivalent load to the range of 80% to 85%, for any new agreement, or upon expiration of any negotiated agreement in effect on January 1, 2020.

4. Support SB334 (Pan): The Bill for Increased Workforce Development

SB 334 is a workforce development bill, which will address the laboratory personnel shortage by encouraging MLTs to seek higher-skilled work opportunities. For many MLTs, the time commitment needed to complete a training program serves as an extra impediment to obtaining a CLS license. These professionals are interested in obtaining a CLS license—but choose not to—due to the cost and time commitment of re-enrolling in a CLS program. Under California law, all CLS’ are required to satisfy a one-year post-baccalaureate clinical training program in addition to specified academic requirements. By creating a pathway for MLTs to CLS’, MLTs will be able to apply their 6-month clinical training program to satisfy a portion of the training requirements needed to obtain a CLS license.

5. Support AB731 (Kalra): For Lower Health Care Premiums and Review of Unreasonable Rates to the Large Group Market

AB 731 will extend rate review and determination of unjustified or unreasonable rates to the employer large group market, as well as requiring specific disclosures by health plans and insurers. Specifically this bill:

  • Apply existing rate review law to the large group market.
  • Extend the determination of unjustified or unreasonable rates to the large group market.
  • Require medical trend (prices & utilization) by benefit category and region.
  • Require a comparison of rates for benefit categories to Medicare Rates, along with justification of excessively high or low rates.
  • Levels the reporting requirement between integrated delivery systems and other health plans.
  • Failure to report required information results in a determination of an unjustified rate.

Exempts from public disclosure the negotiated rates between plans and providers.

Other bills we have supported during the 2018 & 2017 legislative sessions:

  • AB3087 (Kalra): The Bill for Improved California Health Care Cost, Quality, and Equity Commission
  • SCA 14 (Hernandez): The “Regent Reform” Constitutional Amendment
  • SB562 (Lara and Atkins): The Healthy California Act
  • AB310 (Medina): For Improved Part-Time Faculty Hours
  • AB848 (McCarty): The “STOP OFFSHORING ABUSE” bill
  • AB1038 (Bonta): Commission for Universal and Tuition-Free Higher Education
  • AB393 (Quirk-Silva): Reversing tuition and fee increases. All three segments of higher education would have their tuition and fees frozen at where they were on 12/31/2016
  • AB204 (Medina): Reinstating Community College Students’ Board of Governor’s fee waiver
  • SB54 (DeLeon): California becomes a Sanctuary State
  • AB 310 (Medina): Part Time Faculty Office Hours – reporting
  • SB 201 (Skinner): Collective Bargaining rights for Research Assistants at UC
  • SB 562 (Lara and Atkins): Single Payer Health Care for All in California

For questions or comments please contact UPTE-CWA’s Legislative & Political Director Amy Hines-Shaikh