Senate Committee: No Turning Your Lives Around
Today’s passage of SB 825 would eliminate current training that helps individual re-entry into sustainable careers.
LIVERMORE, Calif., March 20, 2018—The following statement was issued by Michele Daugherty, President and CEO of the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter of Northern California, after today’s 5-2 passage of Senate Bill 825 by the Senate Public Safety Committee.
"We are disappointed that the committee chose to disregard the voices of hard-working Californians who have turned their lives around through Nationally Accredited Training Programs and dedicated their lives to building and rebuilding the California of tomorrow. Senate Bill 825 limits job opportunities for Californians, notably formerly incarcerated men and women seeking a way out of jail and on the road to their dreams, and it thwarts construction of state prisons that will keep our communities safe. We will not give up our journey to urge state leaders to do what’s right for workers, prisons and public safety by soundly rejecting SB 825.”
Added Mitchel Eberhart, a general foreman with Berg Electric, "I'm disappointed in the committee's decision to limit my value as a worker. I've worked on major prison projects, and it's sad that they obviously don't recognize the value I bring to the state of California."
Senate Bill 825 would eliminate the pre-apprenticeship curricula developed by the National Center for Construction Education and Research, a curriculum that has trained many ex-convicts and is still being used in Folsom and other prisons around the state. Passage of SB 825 would hinder the opportunity of formerly incarcerated people to work on prison projects. In addition, it excludes further occupational trade training in occupations such as Electrical, Welding, Carpentry, and Plumbing.
News Release, March 19, Workers Will Urge Senate Committee on Tuesday Not to Limit Prison Jobs
Editorial, March 19, Senate Bill 825 Will Exacerbate Construction Crisis
Representing more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms nationwide, the Associated Builders and Contractors was founded in 1950 and today has 70 chapters with 22,000 members. The ABC NorCal chapter started in 1976 and now represents 500 large and small companies across Northern California.