Governor Jerry Brown had a chance to provide a safety net for those unable to find temporary summer jobs. He had a chance to do the right thing. But he chose to “protect” employers.
But what about hardworking, dedicated school workers who struggle near poverty every summer? What about those of us who devote ourselves to our schools because we love the kids?
The Governor missed an opportunity by not signing AB2197, the Summer Unemployment for School Workers Bill. Beyond feeling disappointed, we should feel incredibly proud because we pushed this issue further than it has ever gone before—and we changed the conversation in Sacramento.
When we started speaking out about this injustice, California’s leaders didn’t really know about it. Now, both the Assembly and the Senate agree with us that it’s unjust to deny school workers’ access to unemployment benefits in the summer. Up until this year, our bill and its predecessors had never even made it to the Senate floor, let alone to the Governor’s desk.
We’ve come this far because we haven’t stopped fighting. Even though similar bills had already failed, we didn’t give up. Here are just some of the actions we can feel proud of: