AB 566 would protect pay, benefits for court reporters

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 3:09 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 5:17 pm

Re "“Veto bill, let courts contract out in dire times” (Editorials, Sept. 24): This editorial is uninformed and inaccurate. It didn't publish the fact the reporters offered to take a 30 percent cut in pay and two reporters would retire in order to achieve the $600,000 savings. We did that.

I'm not sure what the editorial means in saying that contracting out "resulted in cheaper but more extensive court reporting services performed by some of the same workers who had previously been employees of the court." Yes, some of us have gone back to work at the court as we have bills to pay and need to feed our families. However, it is for less pay, no benefits and no retirement.

The governor should sign Assembly Bill 566. I applaud SEIU and the California Court Reporters Association for helping employees of the court be protected in the future.

-- Pam Katros, Fair Oaks

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