The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 19, 2009
Senate budget analysis 'assumes' SEIU contract won't be ratified

Money stack.jpgThe state Senate Committee on Budget & Fiscal Review has released a summary of actions taken this week by the Budget Conference Committee. There are some nuggets of info in the 18-page document, including a reference that assumes the SEIU Local 1000 labor contract will not get through the Legislature.

The union is continuing to push for lawmakers to pass the contract bill, AB 964, Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker has told us. The deal includes several concessions, but obligates contract-covered employees to only one furlough day per month, retroactive to February, instead of the two unpaid days off per month mandated by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Senate report, which you can read by clicking here, notes that lawmakers rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to cut all state workers' pay by 5 percent beyond the reductions already imposed through furloughs.

Then it says this on PDF page 13:

Assumes some savings that will be achieved if proposed labor agreements are not ratified by the Legislature. General Fund savings are estimated at $60 million in 2008-09 and $150 million in 2009-10.

In other words, the committee that would have to pass the contract "assumes" the contract won't get through the Legislature. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of AB 964.

The report notes an anticipated $50 million in employee health cost savings because of the lower-than-expected rates negotiated by CalPERS and another $100 million from the fund's PPO premium "holiday."

The committee also signed off on selling part of the State Compensation Insurance Fund for $1 billion.


About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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


Now on the State Worker column

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.

Latest Capitol Alert headlines

    404 - Not Found - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

    404 Not Found

    Our apologies....

    We can't find the page you requested in this location.

    The story may have moved or expired.

    You may wish to:

  • » More on the Capitol Alert blog


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives