California has set the standard when it comes to dealing with workplace issues for many politicians across the nation. However, with the election of the Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, many pro-labor advocates are concerned that the governor-elect will veto worker-friendly legislation, and reduce the enforcement of existing employment laws. Some critics blame California's worker-friendly laws, such as raising the minimum wage and expanding overtime and disability protections, for many businesses leaving the state. Schwarzenegger, known for being pro-business, has said he will not back any legislation that would result in more job losses.
See T. Shawn Taylor, Chicago Tribune, October 14, 2003