The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 2, 2011
Jerry Brown offering similar contract deal as Schwarzenegger

State personnel chief Ron Yank told legislators this morning that the Brown administration is offering six state bargaining units without a contract "pretty much the same" deal that former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reached with other unions.

"It's a tough sell," Yank told a joint hearing of the Assembly and Senate public employees' committees. "We can't give them more than Gov. Schwarzenegger gave other groups. That's a tough pill for them to swallow."

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed budget counts on $308 million in savings by reaching similar deals with the six unions working without contracts. Those unions represent 63,000 employees including state lawyers, correctional officers, scientists and engineers.

The deals Schwarzenegger reached last year generally imposed one unpaid day off per month, required higher employee pension contributions and set lower pension benefit formulas for new hires.

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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 jortiz@sacbee.com.

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