Two sources are reporting that California Correctional Peace Officers Association convention delegates have voted on Tuesday to allow the union's executive council the leeway to call for a strike vote by members.
We called the union today to confirm the two independent reports, but we haven't heard back from CCPOA officials yet.
The popular Paco Villa Corrections blog says this:
Expressing outrage over the union-busting antics of the Schwarzenegger Administration, the CCPOA Convention concluded yesterday with the approval of a motion to conduct a strike plebiscite.
Click here to read the rest of the blog's report and analysis, which concludes, "At risk of incurring the wrath of my pro-strike brethren, let the record show, Paco Villa's blog is the unofficial NO STRIKE ZONE."
The second report comes from "The Green Flash," an online publication of the California Men's Colony:
To Our Members,
Yesterday (July 14, 2009) during the convention, the supreme body, consisting of all seeded delegates, voted 319 to 46 to authorize the Executive Council, if deemed necessary, to send out a vote to the entire membership to authorize a strike.
If the Executive Council finds it prudent to strike, an entire general membership vote will be required to authorize this action. A strike can only occur with the simple majority approval of all votes received from the general membership. The individual institution boards will not be voting on your behalf.
CMC's delegates voted unanimously (10-0) to authorize the Executive Council (E.C.) to call for a strike vote. More information will be presented as it becomes available.
United We Stand.
Pat Campbell, CMC CCPOA President