Big Labor Gets Big Benefits from Brown

In California, where workers do not have Right to Work protection, and union bosses enjoy almost unimaginable monopoly power over government employees and taxpayers, union officials got their way with Gov. Jerry Brown.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

When the dust settled on Gov. Jerry Brown’s first legislative session in nearly three decades, no group had won more than organized labor, which heralded its largest string of victories in nearly a decade.

At the urging of the food workers’ union, Brown agreed to crack down on the use of automated checkout machines in grocery stores. At firefighters’ request, he approved new restrictions on local governments seeking to void union contracts. He guaranteed wages for workers in public libraries that are privatized — a bill sponsored by another labor group.

Those unions and others helped bankroll Brown’s campaign last year.