Plastic bag ban will hurt workers

03/06/2014 1:03 PM

03/06/2014 2:15 PM

Re "Management, labor agree on plastic bag ban" (Viewpoints, March 5): The dust hasn't settled on the recession. So it's bothersome that our elected officials are pursing legislation that threatens the jobs of the 2,000 hard-working Californians employed by the plastic bag industry.

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, can talk about the environment, but jobs and the ability of Californians to earn a living trumps all other concerns. It bothers me that these workers have basically been ignored in the conversation over SB 270 to ban plastic bags.

Large grocery store chains are going to pocket the fees placed on paper and new plastic bags under the ban. Why should grocers get the money? It's wrong if even one worker loses his or her job while the grocers make money.

-- Jess Toodle, Sacramento

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