SERIOUSLY California????

Katherine - posted on 05/14/2011 ( 13 moms have responded )

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California is just about bankrupt, which must mean that it’s time to pass a law outlawing flat sheets and short-handled feather dusters in hotels across the state.

Seriously.

This year alone, the Golden State will spend about $25 billion more than the $82 billion it expects to take in from taxes and fees. We have big problems in California, but instead of tackling issues that actually matter, the legislature has introduced a bill to ban flat sheets at the Hotel California.

Supporters of the bill argue it will reduce worker injuries by eliminating the need for workers to repetitively lift extremely heavy mattresses when making beds. They contend that flat sheets cause workers to strain their backs, shoulders and wrists, and are often responsible for repetitive motion injuries.

State Bill 432, sponsored by Senator Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), also calls for the use of long-handled tools like mops and dusters so housekeepers do not have to get down on their hands and knees to clean bathroom floors.

The California Hotel and Lodging Association estimate that the switch would add $30 to $50 million in costs to already tight budgets. Spokesman Randi Knotts also adds that hotels already offer long-handled mops and brooms to their cleaning staffs, but that they aren’t used.

The government has no right to micromanage business. Hotels use flat sheets because they are cheaper, last longer, and are easier to launder, iron and store than fitted sheets with elastic. If tucking in sheets is too difficult a task for an employee whose job description includes tucking in sheets, they might be better suited finding employment elsewhere. With the unemployment rate in California hovering at over 12%, I’m sure someone would jump at the chance to earn an honest paycheck at an entry-level job.

The legislature has some serious work to do to get our financial house in order. Insisting that businesses raise prices to cover costs of newly mandated fitted sheets and creating a new Department of Sheet Enforcement to make sure hotels comply with the rule is not how to do it. The bureaucrats in Sacramento should concentrate on enticing businesses to grow and expand and create jobs in California, not how to protect the housekeeping staff from tucking in sheets.

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Jodi - posted on 05/14/2011

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OK, I wasn't sure. Here, every employer purchases a Workers Compensations policy, and it goes through the private insurance if there is a claim. That's why I asked.

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Jodi- most school districts compensation vary from state to state. But a majority of school districts pay teachers during the school year, and not over summer breaks. But a lot of school districts are starting to give smaller checks throughout the course of the school year and 1 large check as the last pay check before summer break. It's supposed to help stretch out the summer finances until school resumes. That's why so many teachers take on summer jobs. No school in session = no paycheck. So when the state of California is pissing and moaning about flat sheets....um, how about compensation for something a little bit more serious? Just my 2 cents!

Jodi - posted on 05/14/2011

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I guess I'm confused....does the state pay for these so-called *injuries*?

Anyway, I am pretty sure they could come up with something better if they put the other half of their brains back in their heads.

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I have a teacher friend in San Diego that may not get her final end-of-year paychecks. These end of year checks help teachers survive over the summer! She said she is going to apply for food stamps but isn't sure if she will qualify. But it doesn;t hurt to apply.

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Candyce - posted on 05/14/2011

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Seriously?!?! This is for real, not a prank? I think you've covered pretty much all the bases in the OP, so I'm just going to gape for a minute *gaping*

Dana - posted on 05/14/2011

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Gorgonzola and Jodi, the state pays for it if employee files for workers compensation.

Rosie - posted on 05/14/2011

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i worked as a housekeeper in a hotel for a couple months and flat sheets sucked ass. the fitted ones were easier, you didn't have to lift the mattress with those. i think they have this backwards. i did quit because it was back breaking work. and that little extra bit of lifting the mattress, as miniscule as it seems to some people, really sucked my balls.

i don't get this either. how is the state of california paying for these peoples back problems? woudlnt' the hotels have to do that? i dont' get how this backwards legislation would work.

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Welcome to the crappiest state in the nation. We have the most problems and are doing the absolute least about them.

Jodi - posted on 05/14/2011

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@ Sharon, do teachers there not have their salaries annualised so they get paid over summer? I know casual teachers here obviously only get paid when they work, but permanent teachers are on contract and generally this includes holidays. I find that strange. It's interesting the different way each country deals with those things.

Tara - posted on 05/14/2011

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lol, I hated making beds with flat sheets when I worked in housekeeping at a resort as a teen.
But.. to legislate against them? lol too funny, if workers want to protest based on work based injuries than they can do that, together, apart from involving the government.
Why are they so in debt? Where is the pay off from the marijuana taxes going?

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