The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 9, 2011
Union: Cut private contracts, 'develop revenue opportunities'

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says that California should find new "revenue opportunities" and could save more than $34 billion per year by dumping private contractors who do jobs that government employees could do for less.

"That's the amount that Sacramento spends every year paying private contractors to do jobs that civil servants can perform for roughly half the cost," says AFSCME's press release, which was issued this morning.

AFSCME says it culled those ideas and others from surveying the 180,000 workers it represents in various levels of California government. The union now wants to form "workplace-level, labor-management efficiency teams" to find and capture ways for government to save money.

Besides raising revenues and curtailing outside contracts, AFSCME says government should do more of the following:

  • Streamline work processes

  • Make better use of technology

  • Utilize appropriate staff for tasks

  • Reduce errors

  • Eliminate low-priority activities

  • Reduce excess management

Clicking here provides more details about the union's proposals.

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