The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 23, 2010
Poll: How many deals will get done?

Court challenges. Budget politics. The November elections. Pension politics. The California economy. Furloughs. Minimum wage.

All of those issues and more have shaped labor talks between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and state employee unions. Some negotiations have produced tentative agreements, including the those ratified this week by the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists.

Some talks have broken down. California Association of Professional Scientists rejected the governor's take-it-or-leave-it offer last month. As we reported Thursday, California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Public Employee Relations Board over the governor's minimum wage order.

So what do you think? Where is this headed? Take our poll:

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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


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