The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 14, 2011
CCPOA members overwhelmingly ratify labor contract

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association said today that its members have approved the union's tentative agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown by a wide margin.

CCPOA spokesman JeVaughn Baker told The State Worker that 11,651 of the ballots cast, 85.6 percent, favored the contract. Another 1,960 opposed the deal, or 14.4 percent.

The union represents roughly 32,000 correctional and parole officers who have been working without a contract since 2006. In 2007, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger imposed terms on the union after mediated talks broke down.

The CCPOA contract is one of six pacts contained in Senate Bill 151, which will go up for an Assembly floor vote next week. If it garners two-thirds of the lower chamber's vote, the legislation will go to Brown and become binding with his signature. The Senate has already approved the bill.

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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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