The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 28, 2010
View the $10 million punitive damages verdict against CCPOA

The State Worker has accessed the 7-page court document that details a federal jury's $10 million punitive damages verdict in Dawe v. Corrections USA and CCPOA. You can view the verdict by clicking this link.

The same jury decided that CCPOA should pay $2 million actual damages.

CCPOA has said it will appeal. The union has posted on its website an open letter explaining its side of the matter. The letter says that, "If there are any damages, those will not need to be paid until the appeal is complete - probably years from now." It also assures members that the union isn't bankrupt.

Bee columnist Dan Morain observes in today's Bee that, "The once-mighty California Correctional Peace Officers Association has fallen far." This link opens his column. Clicking here opens our report last week about the Dawe verdict and revelations in court about CCPOA's assets, revenues and spending.

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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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