The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 21, 2009
Psych techs union to start weekly Wednesday pickets

090722 MetroSign.jpgThe California Association of Psychiatric Technicians is picketing Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk on Wednesday. It's the first of weekly pickets the union will stage at facilities around the state, CAPT spokeswoman Brady Oppenheim tells us.

The goal of the rolling protests, according to the union's media advisory, is to "... draw attention to ongoing cuts that are not only hurting employees, but also the vital services Psych Techs provide to Californians in their care."

CAPT wants the state to lift a hiring freeze at 24-hour facilities, trim or completely eliminate furloughs and pull back layoff proposals that would affect about 300 of the union's members.

Click here to read the media advisory about Wednesday's picket.

IMAGE: Metropolitan State Hospital sign /

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