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Workers in California Struggle to Save Lunchbreaks

 
On December 10th, 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency and announced that he was going to take away California workers' lunch breaks. He was forced to rescind the "emergency" status of his rule changes, but he is still attacking the guaranteed right to a lunch break for California workers. The Governator's rule changes would weaken workers' rights to breaks and meal periods and would shorten the amount of time that employers can be held liable for refusing to provide them. Wal-Mart and other companies that are being sued for cheating their workers out of lunch breaks could be off the hook if these changes go into effect.

On December 10th, 2004, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency and announced that he was going to take away California workers' lunch breaks. He was forced to rescind the "emergency" status of his rule changes, but he is still attacking the guaranteed right to a lunch break for California workers. The Governator's rule changes would weaken workers' rights to breaks and meal periods and would shorten the amount of time that employers can be held liable for refusing to provide them. Wal-Mart and other companies that are being sued for cheating their workers out of lunch breaks could be off the hook if these changes go into effect.

Because the proposed rule changes are no longer classified as emergency regulations, the public was given 120 days to comment on them. Public forums have already been held in Los Angeles and San Francisco (Video | Photos), and one more forum will be held on Wednesday, March 2nd in Fresno. People can also send written comments to the LWDA. Hundreds of Workers Protest Governor’s Proposal to Weaken their Rights

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