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.