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By Miriam Raftery

June 7,2015 (Sacramento) – San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez served up pumpkin pies to legislators in an effort to win approval for her bill to require double-time pay for most employees forced to work on holidays such as Thanksgiving.

The Democratic lawmaker asked colleagues to help workers receive a “piece of the pie,” but one Republican opponent denounced the effort as a “turkey of a bill.”

The measure had support from labor but was opposed by the California Chamber of Commerce, despite an exemption for critical needs workers such as nurses.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Assembly Bill 67 gained only 29 votes – failing short of the 42 needed for passage.   While employers may be thankful, the defeat comes as a disappointment for workers away from their families on holidays for no extra pay.


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