Skip to comments.California’s AB 5 kills off 40-year Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Posted on 03/17/2020 10:52:21 AM PDT by grundle
Another casualty in the quest to save workers from misclassification
Californias AB 5 has taken another life: The new law has now killed off the 40-year old Lake Tahoe Music Festival.
After 40+ years of classical music concerts offered outside with family and friends, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival will call a wrap to our summer festival with two performances in August of 2020, the official festival website says. The Festival also posted the announcement on their Facebook page.
Assembly Bill 5 by former labor leader Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), has already significantly limited Californians ability to work as independent contractors and freelancers. It was revealed during Senate debate in September that the AFL-CIO wrote AB 5.
The California Legislative Analysts Office estimates that AB 5 has already affected more than 1 million independent contractor and freelance working Californians.
Gonzalez can now add one more casualty to the growing list of 300+ industries impacted by the new law.
The Lake Tahoe Music Festival explained their decision:
"New CA employment law AB-5 requirements add to the challenge of meeting our financial goals and create the final stressor on our small non-profit organization. For several years we have experienced the same slowly eroding philanthropic support of cultural life faced by other small arts organizations in our state. We now join many who also face increased uncertainty regarding employment costs and infrastructure needs associated with AB-5. So we will bring our festival to a close with pride in our long-time contribution to community life in North Tahoe and Truckee."
How is this protecting workers?
The new law, effective January 1, 2020, was passed under the guise of protecting misclassified employees. Instead, the law has caused thousands of freelance journalists, musicians, actors, Uber and Lyft drivers, and millions of gig workers, to suddenly find themselves out of work.
Gonzalez and Democrats who supported AB 5 say the unintended consequences of the law now need legislative fixes. But thats bunk. California Globe attended the legislative committee hearings on AB 5, and witnessed how lawmakers were warned over and over by hundreds of freelance and independent contractors of the consequences.
But Californias Democrats devotion to Big Labor Unions always wins.
While Gonzalez has finally reluctantly acknowledged that freelance journalists and photographers will get an exemption from AB 5 and its randomly chosen 35 freelance articles per year, there are now more than 30 bills in the Legislature changing or removing aspects of the law at what cost? This was totally unnecessary.
Most recently, AB 1850, authored by AB 5 backer Assemblywoman Gonzalez, would exempt freelance and independent contractor writers and photographers and remove the controversial 35 content submissions a year rule, California Globe reported. Assemblywoman Gonzalez and other lawmakers had been considering such changes since December of last year, before AB 5 was even law. So they knew this was a disaster-in-waiting.
Thursday morning, the the California Assembly rejected a motion by Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin) to suspend AB 5 while corrective legislation is under consideration. Kileys Assembly Bill 1928 is an urgency measure to repeal AB 5 and would return the legal standard for independent contracting to what it was for decades before AB 5 and the Dynamex decision. Kiley proposed the Legislature suspend those recent changes pending further legislative consideration, but his bill was voted down by Democrats.
But it was for the good of the people; and the children.
I bet the Corleones regret moving there from NYC now.
didn’t read the article, can they do it on the Nevada side?
The Coreleones were smart enough to move to the Nevada side of Tahoe.
They’ve sent the boys out to take care of the problem.
All the leaves are gone and the skies are gray
Id feel bad for them but all I can see (as an example) is contributors to Rolling Stone now having to go look for real jobs
Move it to the Nevada side
Have it on the Nevada side of Tahoe.
The Silver Lining to the Black Cloud of Liberalism is their moronic agenda always comes back to bite them in ass!!
Don’t you know, the only real jobs are government jobs. Every job should be a government job. None of this *private* business crap, evil corporations, and heaven forbid people who work from themselves. It takes a village after, and we need to work for each other. The only safe way to work is to work of the government. You’ll be guaranteed a job for life, every need taken care of. A life of rainbows, unicorns and F’n government repression. Put a boot on your neck and submit to the state you Sheeple.
How long before union membership is required to work in the state?
Probably working on it right now - not a union member? No job.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) Undoubtedly a back bencher. Now she has a feather in her cap, it’s called ridicule.
And you might wonder why so many political happenings are labeled conspiracies. Possibly because they are true and it doesnt a great deal of analysis to make the determination.
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