We hear the deal has garnered big-time support with the rank and file. The PacoVilla.com Corrections blog posted an internal CCPOA e-mail that indicated early tallies showed union members will overwhelmingly approve the contract. JeVaughn Baker, spokesman for the union, told The State Worker that he expects the vote count to be certified today.
CCPOA's contract is one of six bargaining unit agreements contained in SB 151, which is headed for an Assembly floor vote next week. Both administration and union sources tell us that they think they have the two Republican votes needed to get the measure sent to Brown for signature into law. The Senate passed the measure last week.
But the budget proposal by the Assembly Republican Caucus makes the vote a little dicier, one source said, because the plan calls for $1.1 billion in employee cost cuts next year.
And Brown will release a revised budget plan for 2011-12 next week, and that proposal will have to account for the difference between the $308 million in general fund employee cost savings his January budget envisioned and the roughly $100 million actually achieved in SB 151.