The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 14, 2009
Division in the SEIU hierarchy over Prop 1A?

Capitol Bureau colleague Kevin Yamamura has this story about the opposition building against Prop 1A, including the 700,000-member Service Employees International Union's California State Council.

What makes the council's position of interest to state workers, of course, is that the measure's defeat would spark more fiscal chaos for state government. And that could mean tougher talks at the bargaining table for state worker unions without a deal after the May 19 special election and, quite possibly, deeper cuts to state government jobs.

Kevin writes, "SEIU Local 1000, which represents 95,000 state employees, declined to comment. The state council is an SEIU umbrella organization that handles statewide political issues."

By contrast, last month American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees 2620, which represents about 5,000 state workers endorsed Prop 1A even though AFSCME international opposed it. We reported that split in this State Worker blog post.

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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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