The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 6, 2009
CDCR Secretary on local radio; Local 1000 says Corrections still not talking

Corrections and Rehab Secretary Matthew Cate appeared for an in-studio interview on this morning's Armstrong & Getty Show to discuss all things prison: budget cuts, incarceration costs, illegals in the system and the court order to reduce the department's inmate population. Cate also took questions from callers.

Click here to see the podcast link to the interview during the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. hour of the show.

Speaking of Corrections, SEIU Local 1000 says on its Web site that it has met with departments about pending layoffs and has had a hand in getting "hundreds of workers" off the State Restriction of Appointments list. However, the union still hasn't been able to meet with CDCR -- and that's the department facing the most position cuts among the total of 7,000 ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Local 1000 has a complaint pending with the Public Employee Relations Board about CDCR's failure to go over its layoff plans with the union, as we mentioned in this blog post.

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