The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 7, 2011
Collective bargaining, pension initiatives OK'd for signatures

Thumbnail image for 110713 lanny ebenstein.jpegUC Santa Barbara economics lecturer Lanny Ebenstein can begin collecting signatures for three ballot initiatives that would eliminate public employee collective bargaining, create higher tax rates for six-figure CalPERS and CalSTRS pensions and raise the retirement age for public employees in both systems.

The Secretary of State's office announced today that Ebenstein has until Feb. 3 to collect 807, 615 signatures from qualified voters for each of the measures to put them on a statewide ballot.

We couldn't reach Ebenstein for comment. Last month he said that he had some committed backers but was still trolling for money to back a signature campaign. Click here for an earlier report on Ebenstein's measures.
Three Labor-Related Initiatives Enter Circulation

PHOTO: Lanny Ebenstein / courtesy of Santa Barbara County Taxpayers Association

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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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