On Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 670. The bill is authored by Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) which provides benefits to part-time playground employees who are currently excluded from benefits and worker protections of classified employees.
Last week, Thurmond issued the following statement when his bill was approved by both the Senate and the Assembly before heading to the Governors Desk.
“I am thrilled that my legislative colleagues and I are on the same page regarding part-time playground employees receiving worker benefits and protections,” said Thurmond. “Part-time playground employees deserve the same protection and benefits as classified employees. Part-time playground employees do similar work as classified employees therefore they deserve similar benefits.”
Under current law, part-time playground positions are specifically excluded from classified service. Employees who work in these positions are referred to by varying titles, such as noon duty aides, yard aides, noontime assistants and playground aides. Part-time playground employees are predominantly women who often work five days a week for two or three hours, and are often the lowest wage earners on campus.
AB 670 ensures fairness and equity in rights, benefits and protections for school employees working in part-time playground positions.
AB 670 is sponsored by California School Employees Association (AFL-CIO), and supported by the California Federation of Teachers (AFl-CIO), California Labor Federation, and Laborers’ International Union of North America (Local 777).
Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.