The State Worker column this week focuses on the promise and peril of impasse for the bogged-down contract talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and 850 state operating engineers in Bargaining Unit 13. It offers a path to mediation, but it also opens the door to management imposing terms and for the rank and file to strike.
Worth noting: While state university employee unions have staged strikes, no union that bargains with the governor has ever walked off the job en masse.
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