The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 27, 2009
Psych techs file premium pay grievance

The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians filed an unfair labor practice charge today against DPA over changes to overtime pay calculations and holiday compensation policy contained in the recent budget bill passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The union explains its position in this e-mail to members:

Our 2006-2008 CAPT contract - which by law is still fully in place as we negotiate a new one - includes language that lets us count leave time toward overtime, and also pays us time-and-a-half for holiday work. The budget bill includes language deleting these rights.

Legislators were responsible for including this language in February's late-night budget bill. But because Governor Schwarzenegger signed the bill that contains these changes - and didn't use his line-item veto power to cut them -- and because these changes were not done through our legally protected bargaining process, CAPT says he is ultimately responsible for these illegal actions.

You can read the PERB filing by clicking here.

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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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