The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 4, 2010
Union MOU bill clears Assembly committee

assembly seal.gifThe Assembly Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security passed SB 846 on Tuesday afternoon. We'll let the analysis by committee consultant Karon Green explain what the bill does:

Ratifies the provisions of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the state and the following three state bargaining units (BUs): BU 5 (Highway Patrol), represented exclusively by the California Association of Highway Patrolmen; BU 12 (Craft and Maintenance), represented exclusively by the International Union of Operating Engineers; and, BU 18 (Psychiatric Technicians), represented exclusively by the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians.

Part of those provisions: Protection from minimum wage during a budget impasse by making pay for members of those three units a continuous appropriation.

The Assembly committee approved the bill on a 4-1 vote.

Ayes: Alberto Torrico, D-Newark; Warren Furutani, D-Gardena; Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina and Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco.

Nay: Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point.

Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, didn't vote.

We're hearing that this bill could be on the Assembly floor by next week. If it clears with a two-thirds vote, it would go to the Senate for a concurrence vote and then on to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The measure is a companion to AB 1592, which covers the labor agreements reached by Bargaining Units 8 (California Department of Forestry Firefighters), 16 (Union of American Physicians and Dentists) and 19 (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees). Click here for more about AB 1592.

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