Hundreds of workers descended on the Capitol yesterday as part of the California Labor Federation’s legislative conference lobby day with a simple message for both Democrats and Republicans in office: “End the Corporate Gravy Train.” They were referring to the state’s wasteful enterprise zone program, which takes money away from schools, infrastructure and other valuable services to line the pockets of corporate CEOs at Walmart and other large, profitable corporations.
At a lunchtime rally, workers, labor leaders and elected officials railed against this massive giveaway and urged support for SB 434, a reform bill authored by State Sen. Jerry Hill. The event coincided with the launch of a new website, www.EndTheCorporateGravyTrain.com, which details the wasteful program and exposes some of the massive companies that are riding the gravy train.
California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski:
“Taxpayers are sending $700 million per year straight into the pockets of corporate executives without seeing good jobs created in return.