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Gov. Jerry Brown, like the Democratic-controlled California Legislature, wants schoolchildren to learn about labor unions, preferably when they are in school and aren't too busy with other matters.

Brown's office announced today that he has signed legislation replacing Labor History Week with a Labor History Month and moving the observation from the first week of April to May.

Many school districts are on spring break the first week of April, and supporters of the bill said the rest of the month is busy for students because they are preparing for statewide tests.

Assembly Bill 2269, by Assemblyman Sandré Swanson, D-Alameda, encourages school districts to commemorate the month with educational exercises that teach students about the role of the labor movement in California and U.S. history.

Labor unions have had a significant impact on labor conditions for workers nationwide. They are also major contributors to Democratic politicians and their causes.


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