Proposition 11 – Private Ambulance Employees and Work Breaks

Fiscal Impact:

According to the Legislative Analyst Office (LAO), Proposition 11 would likely result in a fiscal benefit to local governments (in the form of lower costs and higher revenues), potentially in the tens of millions of dollars each year.

CCC Position:

No position.

Reflections on Church Teaching:

“Just as God ‘rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,’ human life has a rhythm of work and rest.  The institution of the Lord’s Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.”  Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2184.

“Business activity must always include the element of gratuitousness. Fair relationships between managers and workers must be respected and demanded by all parties; but at the same time, an enterprise is a community of work in which everyone deserves fraternal respect and appreciation from their superiors, co-workers and subordinates. Respect for the other as brother or sister must also extend to the local community in which the enterprise is physically located, and in a certain sense, all of the enterprise’s legal and economic relationships must be moderated, enveloped in a climate of respect and fraternity.” – Pope Francis, 2017

“Work is a good thing for man-a good thing for his humanity-because through work man not only transforms nature, adapting it to his own needs, but he also achieves fulfilment as a human being and indeed, in a sense, becomes ‘more a human being’.”  Saint Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), September 14, 1981.

“Another sector regarding benefits is the sector associated with the right to rest. In the first place this involves a regular weekly rest comprising at least Sunday, and also a longer period of rest, namely the holiday or vacation taken once a year or possibly in several shorter periods during the year.”  Saint Pope John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Laborem Exercens (On Human Work), September 14, 1981.

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