The State Worker

New California state worker website launches

Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor holds a 2013 press conference.
Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor holds a 2013 press conference. Sacramento Bee file

With state labor talks about to restart, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office debuted a new state workforce website on Monday that includes its easy-to-read analyses of current and former state-employee contracts.

The lao.ca.gov/StateWorkforce website also gives background information about each of the 21 bargaining units that cover a combined 190,000 or so California state employees, such as the number of positions in each unit, its professional profile and the percentage of the workforce it represents. The site also features a page that explains the collective bargaining and MOU ratification process.

The website is simple with pull-down menus and links to PDF documents to guide users to what they want to see.

State workers in unions representing craft and maintenance workers, prison officers, scientists and engineers might find the new website of particular interest right now. Their union representatives are heading back to the table with Gov. Jerry Brown in the next few months, since their contracts all expire at the end of June or the beginning of July. Brown wants to to shift more of the state’s current and future medical insurance costs to employees, a proposal certain to spark tough talks between the administration and labor negotiators.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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