On the Sacramento Bee website, Jon Ortiz has a blog called “The State Worker” and he’s discovered an interesting little tidbit about the state employees union and the current budget woes that face the Golden State.
It seems that someone in the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office has wised up and recommended that the state dump the contract the state has with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) as well as add a third furlough day to state employee’s work month.
Ortiz notes that on page 18 of the overview of the 2009-10 state budget, the report suggests the following:
The Legislature could direct the administration to score budgetary savings if it chooses not to approve the labor agreements proposed by the Governor with the state employee units represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1000. (These agreements reduce the number of furlough days for these state workers from two days per month to one day per month.) In addition, the Legislature could reduce state employee salaries by an additional 4.6 percent in 2009-10 for more General Fund savings.
Interesting stuff, no? I’ll bet SEIU President Andy Stern is steaming over this one!
But if the state government in Sacramento is telling the truth, everything is on the table, right? And that had better include rolling back the unsustainable political favors gained by the unions.