The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 17, 2010
Blog back: The patrol, pounds of food, punctuation

Blog backs review your thoughtful and provocative online comments, amplify points, answer questions, correct our mistakes and humbly accept your warranted criticism.

Feb. 11 Column extra: View the CCPOA Union Paid Leave documents

Writing about CCPOA issues almost always incites CAHP critics:

MR JON ORTIZ!!!!! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO REPORT ON ALL THE ABUSES GOING ON OVER AT CHP!!! JON ORTIZ, THE CHP IS GETTING PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FROM THE SWARZENEGGER (sic) ADMINISTRATION. THEY ARE STATE WORKERS TOO! WHY DON'T (sic) SOMEONE FROM THE BEE DO A REPORT ON THE CHP OFFICERS UNION'S MOU!!! WHY DON'T (sic) SOMEONE FROM THE BEE DO A REPORT ON THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THE CHP USES TO GUARD THE GOVERNOR!!! ALL THESE NEGATIVE REPORTS ARE ONLY ON STATE WORKERS WHOSE UNION'S (sic) DON'T HAVE CONTRACTS!!! NOTHING ON CHP, WHO ALONG WITH CALFIRE, ARE THE ONLY UNIONS TO HAVE CONTRACTS! MABYE (sic) IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONLY STATE EMPLOYESS (sic) THAT AREN'T UNDER GAS'S FURLOUGH ORDER! DO WHAT YOU ARE PAID TO DO AND REPORT ON THAT!!!

Click the following link to read our response and other blog backs.

Actually, we have mentioned CAHP's furlough-free status many times. And the Bee has attempted to report on the cost of CHP security for Schwarzenegger. (Click here for a story by Capitol Bureau colleague Kevin Yamamura.)

Click here, here and here for some of our CAHP coverage. As we note, CAHP's pay is a matter of statute, which gives the union a decided leg-up when it come to bargaining. And, as this chart points out, it's the only union with a current contract

CDFF does not have a contract. Its deal expired in June 2008.

This link and this link will give you some of what we've written about Cal FIRE and furloughs.

It seems to us that commenter's implication that the CCPOA story is devalued by a lack of similar stories about other unions is flawed logic.

Let's put it this way: If we find out that a union representing Highway Patrol officers or firefighters or prison nurses or state librarians owes the state $4 million on a debt stretching back five years and now faces a looming lawsuit over it, we'll hop on the story. Promise.

Feb. 11 State employees donate pounds and pounds of food

Well, what do you know about that? After being beat up daily right here in these comment sections, they still donated from their own pockets voluntarily. Next thing you know the sacbee.com state worker haters will be saying that since we can do this, we must have extra money laying around so we need another pay cut. What? They can afford to help others? Then they must have too much. Take it from them before they can voluntarily give it to the needy.

It should be pointed out that this article only addressed the annual food drive. State workers also generously support the March of Dimes, the American Heart Association, California State Employees Charitable Campaign (United Way), and the annual coat drive one of our local news organizations sponsors. Here at DMV we also support Blood Source with a regular blood donation drive ...

Good to know. This blog stands ready to promote and recognize any organized giving that involves state workers as a group. Send us your charitable event news! Please!

Feb. 11 Union lobbyist: 'Illegal' pay cuts would 'do irreparable harm' to labor relations

This blog user was apparently offended by some headline punctuation:

I like how Jon put "quotes" on 'Illegal' and 'do irreparable harm' Let's give him minimum wage right now and give him personal experience. LOL.

The quotation marks quoted actual words used in the union letter. That's what quotation marks do within a journalistic context -- they quote something. They're not a signal on this blog's position -- or lack thereof -- on the legality or impact of Schwarzenegger's furloughs.

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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