The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 9, 2008
Arnold "The Enemy" Schwarzenegger

Few things that we write about here or in our weekly State Worker column get more response than when we talk about CCPOA. The union is often cited in The Bee and elsewhere as exemplifying how a well-heeled union can buy favors from elected officials. The stories usually have high-ups in the union and state government launching broadsides at each other.

We're more interested in hearing from the folks who work in the prisons, the front-line officers who have to live with the decisions made by legislators, the governor and their union.

Here's an example: A State Worker reader who goes by Prsnguard5150, sent along a YouTube video that he made about CCPOA's efforts to recall Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The video link came with this e-mail:

Hello, please allow me to introduce myself. I am well seasoned Correctional Officer. If you want to get a feel for what Correctional Officers generally feel about Arnold, feel free to look at some of my more political videos. The YouTube page and the videos are done on my own time and in support of CCPOA. CCPOA has not endorsed my page or the views on it. Arnold is not only under fire from CCPOA the organization, but the members too. Members such as me.

The soundtrack to the 1 minute 43 second video is a portion of "The Enemy," by Godsmack.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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