I understand the financial upside for the California Grocers Association that would arise if SB 270 passes. Simply put: they will be able to charge for a product that used to be a courtesy for consumers. What's confusing and ironic, though, is why the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is on board with an effort that threatens nearly 2,000 workers in the state's plastic bag industry.
As part of SB 270, a $2 million allocation is available for bag makers in California to alter their factories and train workers, but given the size and scope of this industry, this seems like a paltry amount.
So, the logical question is why is UFCW supporting a bill that will increase the profits of corporate grocery stores by billions of dollars and, at the same, time threaten the livelihoods of thousands of Californians?
- George Vasiliou, Carmichael