The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 17, 2010
Poll: What next for the unions?

Editor's note: This post has been corrected to reflect the step raises for CAHP and CDFF members.

We'll be writing more about yesterday's announcement that four unions have negotiated deals with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that they'll take to members for a vote.

California Association of Highway Patrolmen, California Department of Forestry Firefighters, California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees coordinated their bargaining. The agreements they reached include significant concessions, including lower pension benefits for new hires and increased employee contributions to CalPERS.

AFSCME and CAPT agreed to take 12 unpaid leave days during fiscal 2010-11. CAHP and CDFF don't have that provision.

Upsides for all four unions: The security of having contracts (2 years for AFSCME and CAPT, three years for CAHP and CDFF) that guarantee no furloughs or minimum wage and an eventual 5 percent step raise for AFSCME and CAPT folks at the top pay rung of their job classification. CDFF members get the same deal, but the increase is 4 percent; for CAHP it's 2 percent.

Click here to read more about the contracts.

That's all history. Our poll question looks ahead:

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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


Now on the State Worker column

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.


October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives