On October 25th, Teamsters Local 1932 hosted State Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, State Senator Connie Leyva, members of the United States House of Representatives, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, and representatives from the following:
City of Banning, City of Colton, City of Corona, City of Fontana, City of Moreno Valley, City of Perris, City of Pomona , City of Rancho Cucamonga, City of Redlands, City of Rialto, City of Riverside, City of San Bernardino, City of Upland, City of Victorville, Chaffey Unified School District, Colton School Board, Fontana Unified School District, Riverside County Supervisors, San Bernardino County Assessor/Recorder, San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and West Valley Water District.
We previewed a policy brief written by one of our presenters, Ellen Reese of UC Riverside, titled, “The Need for a Better Deal for Workers & Residents in Inland Southern California: A Case Study of QVC Inc.’s 2015 Operating Covenant Agreement with Ontario, California.” The policy brief was indeed published by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA on February 12, 2018.
As Reese and her co-authors lay out, we can no longer have local governments making the kind of unaccountable and irresponsible tax deals that the City of Ontario finalized with home shopping giant QVC, Inc. in 2015. The policy brief concludes that a regional strategy, one that makes an honest attempt to involve the public, will be necessary to turn the tide on what is described as an economic “race to the bottom.”
Teamsters Local 1932 will be working with those who attended our Oct. 25th event, and more, to formulate the regional strategy that has been prescribed by Reese and her co-authors. Want to help? Reach out to your Business Agent for more!