e.mer.gen.cy /i mur jen see/ n. An unexpected and sudden event that must be dealt with urgently.
Arnold really needs to work on his definitions. For the past year he
has defined special interests as anybody that criticizes Arnold. Now he
can’t figure out the meaning of the word "emergency." On Friday, the
Gov submitted an "emergency" regulation to change enforcement of
California’s mandatory meal and break rules. The regulation would
severely weaken workers’ legal right to a lunch hour. Who benefits when
it’s harder to enforce labor laws? Big hourly employers, like
Arnold-backers Target ($240,000 donor to the Gov), the Gap ($197,400)
and Wal-Mart ($210,000).
California law allows a governor to implement regulations on an
emergency basis — with no public hearing or input — only when "a
regulation is necessary for the immediate preservation of public peace,
health and safety, or general welfare." What sudden public health
threat was so urgent that Arnold was forced to call an immediate halt
to lunch hours? Too many workers falling asleep at heavy machinery in
Actually, Wal-Mart broke the lunch time rules and is facing a lawsuit. For Arnold, that’s an emergency.
Contributors like Wal-Mart would be off the hook if the regulation
takes effect. For Arnold, calling the lunch break issue an emergency
avoids the unpleasantly public regulatory process where California
employees might toss up their lunch if they heard that Arnold wants to
toss out lunch breaks on behalf of the special interests. So he throws
out the dictionary and calls it an emergency, like he did last month
when he tossed out the nurse-to-patient ratios.
Can someone get Arnold that book from Merriam-Webster?
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