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Inventory of the California State Senate Industrial Relations Records
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Series Descriptions

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Series 1.  Bill Files, 1972-2000

Physical Description: 380 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by legislative session then numerically and alphabetically by bill number.

Scope and Content Note

Bills relating to labor including employee safety, training, wages, and insurance are generally referred to the Senate Industrial Relations Committee for analysis. Most bill files include all or some of the following items: bill analyses, amendments and resolutions, author's statements, testimony, press releases, newspaper clippings, correspondence, roll calls, records of votes, and committee statements. For the years prior to 1977, some of the committee analyses, roll calls, and records of votes were removed from bill files and filed under the title Committee Papers. The committee saw numerous bills concerning worker's compensation, Cal-OSHA, and Unemployment Insurance, which all generated impassioned constituent correspondence. Other bill files cover a variety of subjects including the Fair Employment Practices Act of 1978 (AB1919), public employees/domestic partner health benefits (AB107, 1999-2000), amusement park safety (SB973 and AB850, 1999-2000), and sweatshops (SB460 and AB633, 1999-2000).
Bill Files from the 1970, 1971 and 1995-1996 Legislative Sessions and Assembly Bill Files from the 1997-1998 Legislative Session were not transferred to the California State Archives.
Microfilm copies of bill files are available for the years 1972-1992 where indicated with MF before the LP number.

Senate Industrial Relations Committee, 1972-2000

1972: Committee Papers (2ff) LP112:9 LP163:218
1972: SB290-SB1499; SCA20; SCR56 (5ff)MF LP112:10-14
1972: AB78-AB2388; ACR100 (9ff) MF LP112:15-23
1973-1974: Committee Papers (1ff) LP163:219
1973-1974: SB136-SB2472; SCA22; SCR53-SCR103; SJR21, SJR72; SR21-SR81 (7ff) MF LP163:220-226
1973-1974: AB10-AB4464 (7ff) MF LP163:227-233
1975-1976: Committee Papers (1ff) LP163:234
1975-1976: Governor's Reorganization Plan No. 2, Committee Correspondence (2ff) LP170:270-271
1975-1976: SB20-SB2203; SCA43; SR18; SB1XXX (11ff) MF LP170:243a-252
1975-1976: AB91-AB4506; ACR209; AJR6 (17ff) MF LP170:253-269
1977-1978: SB19-SB2207; SCR32-SCR75; SR18; SR19 (9ff) MF LP199:49-57
1977-1978: AB28-AB3747; ACR96; ACR148 (19ff) MF LP199:58-76
1979-1980: Preprint SB1; SB3-SB2026 (10ff) MF LP199:78-87
1979-1980: AB28-AB3361; ACA47; ACR44; ACR108 (13ff) MF LP199:88-100
1981-1982: SB24-SB2033; SCA35; SCR72 (12ff) MF LP227:60-71
1981-1982: AB12-AB3494; ACR16; ACR102 (12ff) MF LP227:72-83
1983-1984: SB1-SB2331; SB7X; SB8X (15ff) MF LP228:17-31
1983-1984: AB139-AB1916 (8ff) MF LP228:32-39
1983-1984: AB1921-AB4000; ACR47; ACR144 (7ff) MF LP255:202-208
1985-1986: SB2-SB2617; SCA35; SJR47 (23ff) MF LP273:174-196
1985-1986: AB7-AB4307; AJR94 (21ff) MF LP273:197-217
1987-1988: SB122-SB2155 (15ff) MF LP203:242-256
1987-1988: SB2311-SB2872; SCR40; SJR6; SJR31 (2ff) MF LP230:281-282
1987-1988: AB25-AB4592; ACR108 (15ff) MF LP230:283-297
1989-1990: SB47-SB2850; SCA8; SJR58; SB15X (14ff) MF LP230:298-311
1989-1990: AB28-AB4315; ACR73; AJR9; AJR69 (18ff) MF LP230:312-329
1991-1992: SB54-SB2004; SJR46-SJR50; SR33; SB5XX (5ff) MF LP230:330-334
1991-1992: AB15-AB3810; ACR95; AB51X; AB52X (11ff) MF LP230:335-345
1993-1994: SB4-SB2031; SCA26; SR20; SB34X (14ff) LP341:1-14
1993-1994: AB110-AB3831; ACR25; ACR90; AB4X (15ff) LP341:15-29
1997-1998: SB46-SB966; SCR93 (22ff) LP341:30-51
1999-2000: SB16-SB2081; SR32 (17ff) LP341:52-68
1999-2000: AB60-AB2906 (21ff) LP341:69-89
See Appendix A for LP Numbers

Series 2.  Hearing Files, 1975-1991

Physical Description: 111 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically by date of hearing.

Scope and Content Note

Hearing files may contain agendas, audiocassette tape recordings of hearings, transcripts, testimony, background reports, and working files for regular session hearings, interim hearings, and some joint hearings. Audiocassette tapes have been moved to a cold-storage vault for preservation purposes and separation sheets are in the appropriate files to alert the researcher to the existence of such tapes.
When complete, hearings files can provide in-depth analysis of issues of concern to the committee and California's labor issues. The committee often held joint hearings with the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee. These hearings largely focused on the future of Cal-OSHA during the Deukmajian/Reagan administrations and compared California's occupational safety and health standards with federal standards.
For a list of hearing dates and topics, see Appendix A in master finding aid at the California State Archives.
See Appendix B for LP Numbers

Series 3.  Cal-OSHA Files, 1977-1989

Physical Description: 27 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

Cal-OSHA files contain studies, correspondence with state agencies and interest groups, press clippings, and reports that concern the occupational safety and health section of workers' compensation. Some files focus on the Governor's Reorganization Plan Number 1 of 1977 and 1978, which proposed to move the Cal-OSHA program from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Industrial Relations. Then, in 1987, Governor Deukmajian cut all appropriations to the Department of Industrial Relations for the Cal-OSHA program. This decision placed California's private business sector under the jurisdiction of the Federal occupational safety and health standards, which were not as stringent as California's standards. At this time, the Industrial Relations committee reviewed and intensely compared Cal-OSHA to the Federal OSHA program. The resulting files discuss in detail the safety standards for many specific work conditions including cranes, ladders, and boiler and pressure valve safety. Among other parties, John F. Henning and the California Labor Federation (AFL-CIO) sued Governor Deukmajian for his Cal-OSHA policy in 1987 and a file regarding the Supreme Court case is included in the series.
For a list of Cal-OSHA headings, see Appendix B in master finding aid at the California State Archives.
See Appendix C for LP Numbers

Series 4.  Welfare Files, 1983-1991

Physical Description: 60 file folders

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The Senate Industrial Relations Committee compiled files concerning welfare reform because of the introduction of AB2580 in 1985. A major piece of legislation, AB2580, proposed a shift from the established state welfare system to a new workfare system named the Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) program. This legislation is California's prototype of the federal Family Assistance Act (JOBS) program. The mandatory program aimed to reduce public assistance by providing job training and education to recipients of the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. The most distinctive feature of this bill is its bipartisan support and authorship in the Legislature including Senator Bill Greene (Dem.) Chairman of the Industrial Relations committee. The series includes files on other proposed welfare legislation of 1985 such as the Step-Up Program (SB863), the Public Assistance Independence Act (SB96), and the Employment Preparation Program (SB15). Also included are files on related legislation concerning education and training and childcare programs such as the School-Age Community Child Care Service "Latchkey Program" (SB303) and the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) Program (AB1308) both of 1985. After AB2580 was chaptered on September 26, 1985 the subsequent implementation of the program created a multitude of problems and necessitated the creation of the Joint Oversight Committee on GAIN Implementation. The Joint Committee focused on County Plan Guidelines and gathered data and feedback from each County regarding the program. Los Angeles County is highlighted because it questionably contracted out all case management services with Maximus, Inc., a private company. Newspaper clippings that were either sent to the committee or retained by the committee provide a public perspective on the GAIN Program and its turbulent history from 1984 to 1988.
For a list of Welfare headings, see Appendix C in master finding aid at the California State Archives.