The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 8, 2013
Column Extra: Rationales for and against prison legal contract

With just 400 to 450 words for our weekly State Worker column, much of what we learn each week never sees print. Column Extras give you some of the notes, the quotes, the documents and the observations that inform what's published.

Today's State Worker column filters the debate over state outsourcing through a contract dispute scheduled for a hearing this morning before the State Personnel Board. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is asking the board to reverse its earlier ruling that a $6 million outsourcing agreement for legal services should be voided.

You can watch the 10 a.m. hearing via SPB's website. We expect the contract debate between CDCR and the state attorney's union to start around 11 a.m. or so. Here are the arguments filed with the board in advance of the hearing:

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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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