Exempt bartenders from AB 1252, the disposable glove law
  • Petitioned State Rep. Richard Pan

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California-009
State Rep. Richard Pan

Exempt bartenders from AB 1252, the disposable glove law

    1. Josh Miller
    2. Petition by

      Josh Miller

      Alameda, CA

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February 2014

Victory

Josh Miller: The target of our petition was CA State Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan. We were petitioning him to exempt bartenders from the new law requiring bartenders and chefs to wear disposable gloves when handling ready-to-eat food. As a result, he introduced a new bill to repeal the glove requirement in its entirety. Dr. Pan cited our petition as a "major force" behind his decision to introduce the bill.

AB 1252 is now law (CalCode Section 113961). The law requires that there be no bare hand contact with "ready-to-eat" foods. As a result, bartenders must wear disposable gloves when preparing drinks and their garnishes, and we need to change that!

We are in the midst of our country's second cocktail renaissance, and bartenders up and down the state of California are creating amazing experiences for their guests. A big part of that experience is the use of fresh ingredients, both those that are mixed into the drink and the garnishes that grace the glass. These bartenders take great care to create the perfect drink, using only the freshest fruits and herbs, handling them with their skilled and freshly washed hands.

Another element of bartending is the visual experience: today's bartenders deftly pour, stir, shake, and strain their drinks with precision, style and grace. Forcing them to wear disposable gloves will completely ruin the show.

Bartenders wash their hands continually throughout their shifts--shake hands with one and you'll know. By forcing them to wear disposable gloves, we will be creating a mountain of waste, and potentially fostering more germ transfer because wearers of gloves are less likely to change them after making drinks and handling money--activities that would normally prompt a hand washing among the un-gloved.

While I'm sure the state legislature had our best interests in mind when they created this law, I am equally sure they were not attempting to protect us from bartenders smacking a sprig of mint with their bare hands or expressing the oil of an orange twist above a cocktail.

Please join me in asking that California State Assemblyman and Committee on Health Chairman Dr. David Pan swiftly create a legal pathway to exempt bartenders from this law and its ridiculous unintended consequences.

Sincerely,

Josh Miller

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State Rep. Richard Pan, California-009
Exempt bartenders from AB 1252, the disposable glove law

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. Contact your CA State Assembly Member & ask for their support!

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Hey folks,

      Please use the link below to tell your state Assembly Member to vote "yes" on AB 2130 to roll back the glove law once and for all!

      http://action.drrichardpan.com/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13209

      Thank you!
      Josh

    2. Well, folks: we did it!

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      State Assemblyman Dr. Richard Pan heard us loud and clear, and because of YOU, he's decided to introduce legislation that will roll back the glove law on an emergency basis!

      Rather than debate the merits of gloves or dissect the law, Dr. Pan has introduced AB 2130, which if passed will roll back the glove requirement in its entirety.

      So now that we are working *with* Dr. Pan, we have a new fight, and it's one that we must again wage together.

      First, please “LIKE” our new Facebook page so we can stay in touch and communicate with one another in real-time.

      https://www.facebook.com/AB2130

      Second, we all need to contact our California State Assembly members and state Senators and ask them to support AB 2130.

      A longer version of this message will arrive in your inbox shortly.

      Thank you so much for your continued support!
      -Josh

      Yes on AB 2130

      Yes on AB 2130. 2 likes. On January 1, 2014 a new law went into effect in California that prohibited bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. This meant chefs, cooks and bartenders had to wear disposable gloves while practicing their craft. Two petitions were created on change.org to repeal the law, garnering over 16,000 signatures together.

    3. More stakeholder engagement = less visible action

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      First the good news: as I wrote in the previous update, we are now engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders that have the capacity to make the changes we seek. The downside of this is that it slows things down considerably. Nevertheless, it's necessary.

      We are now working with California state Assembly members, health department officials, restaurant associations, the US Bartenders' Guild and others. And while our message has remained the same, involving multiple parties means a lot of back-and-forth, and that means things go a lot slower than we would like.

      That being said, I am not one to sit on my hands when told to wait, so be on the lookout for calls to action if we feel things are drifting or if our elected officials are shining us on. We will not be ignored!

      Check back here for news, and follow me on Twitter @inuakena for the latest. Thank you for your support!

      Cheers,
      Josh

    4. Reached 10,000 signatures
    5. The wheels are turning

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Don't have a lot to share today, but behind the scenes things are heating up! The petition is doing its job of focusing a light on this important problem, and the lawmakers are beginning to take notice. We're now working with assembly members, health inspectors, and industry groups, but the only reason any of them are talking to us is because of YOU! So please keep up the pressure; I'm confident we'll defeat this thing together.

      -Josh

    6. Reached 9,000 signatures
    7. Mutineer Magazine covers petition story

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      Change.org Petition Created for California Bartenders

      Bartenders in California and around the country have been a buzz on social media talking about newly enacted legislation that affects bartenders. The new law, AB 1252, requires that there be no bare hand contact with "ready-to-eat" foods. From the bartenders I have spoken with, this can be difficult and incredibly wasteful for a handful of reasons and it just isn't practical.

    8. Petition story picked up in the UK

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      Bartenders call for 'glove law' exemption

      27th January, 2014 by Amy Hopkins Bartenders in California have launched a petition against a new law which could require them to wear disposable gloves at work. Launched through change.org, the petition calls to exempt bartenders from the recently revised California Retail Food Code which prohibits bare-handed contact with ready-to-eat food in bars and restaurant.

    9. SF Weekly covers the petition

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      Petition to Except Bartenders From New CA Plastic Glove Law Gets Support

      A Change.org petition started circulating last week amongst the bartender community against a new law requiring bartender to wear plastic gloves when they handle mint sprigs, citrus twists, and other "ready-to-eat" foods. The petition asks State Representative and Committee on Health Chairman Richard Pan to exempt bartenders from the controversial new law, which went into effect Jan.

    10. Facebook post taken down by Pan staffers?

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      I just checked Dr. Pan's official Facebook page to see if there had been any updates since his response to my post yesterday. Not only was there no additional response, the post appears to have been deleted! This is a major breach of social media etiquette to say the least. What is he trying to hide? Over 8,600 signatories to this petition would surely like to know.

    11. Reached 8,000 signatures
    12. Petition covered on KGO TV News!

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      New California law requires restaurant workers to wear gloves

      A new California law meant to protect people from foodborne illnesses has some in the culinary industry fighting back.

    13. Dr. Pan responds via Facebook

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      I posted on Dr. Pan's official Facebook page on January 22, and today he responded. Let's just say it wasn't encouraging. He essentially passed the buck to the 58 county health departments, saying it was up to each one to figure out how to allow exemptions (or not).

      Click the link below to go to Dr. Pan's Facebook page. You'll find our exchange in the "Resent posts by others" section on the right-hand side.

      I encourage you to engage with his page as well!

      https://www.facebook.com/RichardPanMD

      Dr. Richard Pan

      Dr. Richard Pan, Sacramento, CA. 2,344 likes · 23 talking about this. As a father, pediatrician, educator and small business owner, Dr. Pan brings a real world perspective and independent approach to the state legislature. He is a recognized leader in the effort to increase access to quality health care, improve education and strengthen the economy.

    14. Petition covered by NPR / Pan speaks!

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to this audio from NPR's Weekend Edition; it's the first word we've heard from Assembly Member Pan on the topic, in which he admits "A glove by itself does not magically make everything clean." The final word in the story references this petition and the possibility that it could lead to a repeal of the glove law!

      http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/01/26/266449216/new-law-puts-gloves-on-california-bartenders

      New Law Puts Gloves On California Bartenders

      Bartender Cameron Hall hadn't heard of a new California law that bans culinary workers from touching uncooked food with their bare hands. The rule applies to bartenders, who are now supposed to wear gloves to put limes in the mojitos and cherries in the Manhattans - even to scoop ice into a glass.

    15. Reached 6,000 signatures
    16. EaterSF runs petition as its lead story

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      Glove Law Opposition Heats Up; Missing SF Food

      CALIFORNIA -Frustration with the new food-safety law that will require bartenders to wear gloves when they make drinks is coming to a head, and a petition has been launched to get David Pan, chairman of the California Committee on Health, to change his mind.

    17. Petition featured on SFist

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      We've hit an inflection point--the petition is soaring! Last night we were at 1,200 signatures and this morning we're on our way to 5,000! This story at SFist surely has something to do with it. http://sfist.com/2014/01/24/california_bartenders_hilariously_a.php

      California Bartenders Angry Over New Glove Law

      While the thought of forcing the mixologist community to wear prostate-exam gloves gives one a hardy chuckle rimmed with a touch of bitter schadenfreude, California's AB 1252 has gone too far. At least when it comes to bartenders. The law, for those unaware, bars hand contact with prepared food in restaurants and bars.

    18. Reached 4,000 signatures
    19. SF Gate covers petition story

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer
      California bartenders start petition to exempt bartenders from new glove law

      As the fallout continues from AB 1252, the new California law that bans bare-handed contact with ready-to-eat food in restaurants and bars, a contingent of bartenders have started a Change.org petition asking California State Assemblyman and Committee on Health Chairman Dr. David Pan to create a legal pathway to exempt bartenders from this law "and its ridiculous unintended consequences."

    20. Reached 1,000 signatures
    21. Petition gets media coverage

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      Good news, folks: the petition is beginning to get media coverage! Please click the link below and leave a comment on the article.

      http://bit.ly/1hozaJt

      Cali Bartenders Furious About Wearing Rubber

      On the very same day that California made the bold and necessary step of outlawing the free and excessive distribution of plastic bag

    22. Reached 500 signatures
    23. Update #1

      Josh Miller
      Petition Organizer

      I called Assembly Member Pan's office today and spoke with two staffers and a consultant. (I also called my rep, Rob Bonta, but got nowhere.) I was trying to get some background on the impetus behind the bill, and learned AB 1252 was brought to the Committee on Health by the California Retail Food Safety Coalition (CRFSC). The bill was designed to clean up current laws and align state laws with the federal food code. In one staffer's words, these bills brought from committees are typically "non-controversial".

      Upon learning this, my first thought was "how could the bar and restaurant industry allow this to happen?". Then I looked at the members of the CRFSC. The only members representing restaurants are large chains such as Olive Garden and Yum Brands. You can find a list of members here: http://www.crfsc.org/rosters/all-members/userslist/CRFSC%20Members

      Clearly the independent bar and restaurant community needs to join together to ensure inclusion in the future.

    24. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Christina Stanger SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Have you ever thought of latex free you ignorant folks who are worried about latex. I am severely allergic to latex but I am not acting like a douche about this glove thing.

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    • Teresa Williams VICTORVILLE, CA
      • 7 months ago

      It makes an already difficult job even more difficult!

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    • Leslie Julian BERKELEY, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Because it is a waste of time and money and lends to the mounting pollution in landfill.

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    • regina passalaqua CASTRO VALLEY, CA
      • 7 months ago

      I work in the food industry and believe that it is going to the opposite affect by wearing gloves, bartenders are handling cash so much that I do not see how they can switch back in forth in a timely or cleanliness manner!

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    • Jessica Maria ALBANY, CA
      • 7 months ago

      As a bartender of 20 years I find having to wear gloves cumbersome and tacky. Bartenders hands are under water 75% of the time cleaning shakers, tins and tools. We have some of the cleanest hands in the industry!

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