Our State Worker column in today's Bee looks at Wednesday's SEIU Local 1000 rally and how it underscores tension for state employee labor and the local in particular as it negotiates new contracts: How do you push back against Gov. Jerry Brown?
Unions tend to separate the governor himself from the administrative machinery of governing when disagreements arise. Unlike their highly personal public criticisms of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the height of his battles with labor, union leaders tend to place blame anywhere but on Brown personally.
Local 1000, for example, has called out "the state's bargaining team" for rejecting bonus and pay raise proposals. Of course, that's a reference to the Department of Human Resources, which is under Brown's authority.
PHOTO: Robert Walsh of San Diego, a state lottery worker, holds a sign expressing his feelings about Gov. Jerry Brown as state workers wearing purple shirts rally at the Capitol in support of a raise on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua