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Should striking workers get unemployment benefits?

To the editor: The California Chamber of Commerce, the mouthpiece for companies massive and small, suffers from myopia, as displayed by its opposition to a invoice permitting staff on strike for greater than two weeks to obtain unemployment advantages.

The $5,850 per quarter for every putting employee could be spent at companies — meals markets, cellphone service suppliers, utilities, banks, landlords and insurance coverage corporations, and if there’s something left over from that, perhaps a sweet bar to attempt to carry their spirits.

If something, the chamber ought to focus its agenda on the difficulty of state-sponsored enterprise subsidies, which it can by no means do, as an alternative of some poor soul with no work revenue making an attempt to dwell on $450 per week.

Buz Wolf, Studio Metropolis


To the editor: Individuals purchase extra at decrease costs. This easy precept, extensively often known as demand idea, is extremely predictive. Most clearly, it explains why retailers low cost costs to promote undesirable stock.

Gov. Gavin Newsom now faces a call with robust demand idea implications: He should determine whether or not to signal Senate Invoice 799, which might enable putting staff to obtain unemployment insurance coverage advantages.

Such advantages would cut back the price of putting. Demand idea predicts that will result in longer and extra frequent strikes.

Strikes are dangerous for everybody: Employers lose manufacturing, staff lose wages, distributors who promote items and providers to putting staff lose enterprise, and the state loses tax revenues.

Though many individuals could also be sympathetic to the plight of putting staff, the invoice’s unintended penalties could be extreme. Newsom ought to veto SB 799.

Larry Harris, Los Angeles


To the editor: I perceive the explanations behind the actors’ and writers’ strike in Hollywood. However how lengthy can they maintain out?

The studios have deep pockets. They don’t appear to be in a rush to settle.

Certain, there gained’t be a brand new season of reveals, however does this actually matter to the studios? TV stations have been exhibiting reruns since I used to be a toddler. As we speak, viewers binge on Netflix and different suppliers with the reveals they love.

The longer the strike goes on, the extra viewers are discovering different methods to observe the reveals they love, to alter channels to one thing new, and to attempt reveals they’ve by no means seen. That is just like the Disney-Spectrum combat that made quite a bit viewers discover different methods to observe tv.

Don’t assume viewers can’t work their approach round this. It’s the actors and writers who’re going to proceed struggling.

Virginia Noyes, Glendale

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