The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 12, 2011
Poll: How would you vote on the SEIU executive pay proposal?

We've been fielding a steady stream of e-mails and phone calls since reporting last week on a proposal to add a union stipend to the union paid leave that SEIU Local 1000's president and three vice presidents receive.

The plan would set the president's combined state pay and the new union stipend at $150,000 per year. Vice presidents would receive their pay and enough stipend money to earn $125,000 annually. The proposal's author, Marie Harder, has said that the extra union payment wouldn't affect the four officers' state retirement, nor would it qualify them for SEIU's employee retirement plan.

We've heard enough reaction that it seems like a poll is in order:

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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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