The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 11, 2012
How many unionized state workers are there, anyway?

One question that we're sometimes asked is, how many state workers are represented by a union?

The figure fluctuates daily. According to the latest State Controller's Office report to the Department of Personnel Administration, as of the end of last year, 181,822 state employees were represented in the 21 bargaining units that negotiate with the governor.

That count doesn't include the state's two university systems, the Legislature or the judicial branch, which all handle their own personnel matters.

Here's the tally by bargaining unit, denoted on the list as R01, R02, etc.:

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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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