The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 20, 2010
Column Extra: The latest on state employee labor contract talks

So what's going on with contract talks between the state employee unions and the Department of Personnel Administration?

As today's State Worker column notes, we've heard from several sources that some unions have been talking to the Department of Personnel Administration about new labor contracts. But officially not much is going on.

Bargaining Unit 5, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, last month submitted a proposal to extend its current deal, which expires July 2. You can read the CAHP proposal here in less than a minute.

Here's DPA's initial proposal to CAHP. It really doesn't say much more than, "Let's talk about cuts."

Click here for more about the state's bargaining process. This link opens the "sunshine" meeting schedule through June 30.

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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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