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Shannon Grove speaking at The Real Resistance Conference presented by Tea Party California Caucus

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Support Shannon Grove for State Senate with the Bakersfield Association of Realtors, June 28th

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Shannon Grove speaking at California Business & Industrial Alliance, May 30th

 

 

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Support Shannon Grove for State Senate with Special Guest Senator Rick Santorum at Madorom Winery

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Support Shannon Grove for State Senate with Special Guest Rick Santorum

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Come and Support Shannon Grove, Republican for State Senate

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Opposition to SB 1146 is growing!

"This bill would prevent religious schools that receive state funding from performing actions that California deems “discriminatory” on the basis of religion.

This would include things like requiring students to take certain theology or religious studies courses, requiring students to attend chapel, having corporate prayer in convocations or classes, mandating student moral conduct codes based in the school’s religious doctrine, and integrating religious faith throughout the school’s non-theological curriculum."

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When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!

Democrats in Sacramento don’t care about protecting our God given rights to self-defense, as evidenced by the anti-firearms bills they approved in the Assembly this week. They would rather have us dependent on the government for protection. But I would rather have a Glock in my hand, than 911 on the phone.

On June 1, the state Assembly leadership used a procedural move called “without reference to file” to move four anti-gun bills, AB 1664, AB 1673, AB 1674 and AB 1695, from the second reading file to the third reading file. This move allowed final Assembly consideration without notice to the public of their eligibility for a vote. The result was the passage of these four bills along with AB 2607, which already appeared on the third reading calendar. 
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Prominent ag columnist calls ALRB dishonest, cheating, & bordering on ‘criminal misrepresentation’

“For anybody with the integrity to view the circumstances honestly the status of California’s Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) is truly astounding in its embrace of dishonesty, partiality and cheating,” Don Curlee wrote in the Agricultural Action Committee’s newsletter, Ag Accent.

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Assemblywoman Grove & Union workers advocate for legislation requiring unions to be more accountable to their members

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Shannon Grove has introduced legislation to address the frustrations of disenfranchised public union workers who came to her seeking help to make unions more accountable to their members. These individuals include members of SEIU Local 1000, the Fresno County Public Safety Association, the Regional Employees Association of Professionals, to name a few. Grove’s two union reform bills, AB 2753 and AB 2754, would require public employee unions to be transparent with how they spend union dues, and a simplified process for union members to affirm or replace the union that represents them.

Union choice and transparency are almost impossible for its members because of the stranglehold public unions have on power. Grove’s bills will change this dynamic.

“Americans rightfully demand transparency and accountability from their government officials,” said Assemblywoman Shannon Grove. “Why shouldn’t public union workers expect the same from their unions?”

The first, AB 2753, would require California’s public employee unions to post an itemized version of its budget online, making it accessible for its members. The second bill, AB 2754, would require public unions to hold an election every two years to determine if the current labor union should continue to represent its members. The election would also allow workers to select another public employee union to take its place.

One of those union workers demanding more accountability is Mariam Noujaim, a SEIU 20-year member and an employee with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento. She has been trying for the past three years to find out how her union, SEIU Local 1000, is spending the nearly $60 million in revenue it collects each year. After filing a lawsuit against them, she was only able to see small sample of their records, but was not allowed to make copies.

“I am not against the original idea of a union representing the rights, wages, and benefits of working members,” Noujaim said. “Unfortunately, with the huge amount of money they have been taking from workers, the union bosses act as if it is their money to do with whatever they please.” (Read more of Noujaim’s story here.)

Rick Gay was once a steward for SEIU 721 in the Inland Empire, but ended up joining a competing employee association, the Regional Employees Association of Professionals (REAP), after becoming dissatisfied with SEIU tactics of “deceit and underhandedness.” REAP has tried to become a recognized county labor organization, but even after meeting all the required criteria, Gay said the county still refused to recognize them.

“Unions have a stranglehold on our political system, and a complete, unfair advantage,” Gay explained. “No one body should have this much influence and power. There needs to be a legitimate alternative to removing bad organizations… . Unions, like politicians, should be re-elected on their merit not how deep their pocket books are.” (Read more of Gay’s story here.)

The two bills will then be heard in the Committee on Public Employees, Retirement, and Social Security in the Capitol Hearing Room #444 at 9:30 a.m.

 

More information about the fight for union transparency can be found at www.uniontransparency.com and a petition website has been set up at www.transparencyandchoice.com for supporters of Grove’s Union Reform bills.        

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