The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 4, 2010
Steinberg blasts Schwarzenegger for bargaining tactics

State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Thursday fired off a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and cc'd employee union leaders -- blasting the administration for tying labor talks to politics. Here's an excerpt from Steinberg's 2-page letter:

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We called the governor's office for a response.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said that the administration is bargaining in good faith with unions while also talking to the Legislature about state employee compensation as part of the larger budget picture.

"We understand that pension reform isn't Senator Steinberg's or the unions' favorite issue, but it's a critical issue for us all to address," McLear said.

Click here to read Steinberg's letter to Schwarzenegger.

PHOTO: Darrell Steinberg, Nov. 13, 2009 / Michael Allen Jones, Sacramento Bee

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