California. A land of dreams. Where crazy junkies roam the night screaming at imaginary spaceships. Where medieval diseases can be found side-by-side with cutting-edge marijuana apps. And when actors go on strike, taxpayers have to subsidize them. It’s a real dream factory of endless social justice horrors.
Striking workers in California would get to draw unemployment benefits under a proposal Democrats are preparing to introduce in the final stretch of the legislative session.
This is coincidentally happening around the time that a strike by Hollywood actors and screenwriters appears to be stretching out forever with both sides calling each other’s bluff.
The executives have gone on vacation hoping to starve out their opponents. And their opponents have gone to California Democrats to get them to force the state’s shrinking middle class to subsidize their strike.
It’s backed by the powerful California Labor Federation, whose leader, former state Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, tried to pass similar legislation in 2019.
“This is embarrassing for California that we don’t have unemployment insurance for striking workers,” Gonzalez said in an interview, noting that New York and New Jersey offer benefits for striking workers in certain circumstances.
Gonzalez’s ban on freelance workers helped destroy the state’s trucking industry causing shortages and sending food prices sky-high.
Now she wants actual workers to subsidize her Hollywood pals when they decide they don’t want to pose for the camera.
Legislators are already juggling several other proposals backed by mighty labor interests this session, including a bill related to fast food workers and a push to ensure a $25 minimum wage for health care workers.
Sure, why not. Health care is way too cheap already. Let’s send the price of a medical visit and health insurance through the roof.
And then watch as more people flee the state because they can’t afford to eat, get health care or pay for actors to go on strike.