Brown Approves Labor Deals for 60,000 State Employees
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill (SB 151) to enact labor contracts affecting about 60,000 state workers, including prison guards, engineers, scientists and administrative law judges. The contracts -- which will reduce state spending by about $110 million annually -- require workers to contribute more to their pensions and take 12 mandatory furlough days per year. Republicans have criticized the deals for not adequately addressing the state's unfunded liability for retiree health care.
- "Jerry Brown Signs Six Labor Deals for 60,000 State Workers" (Sanders, Sacramento Bee, 5/17).
- "Legislature OKs Six State Worker Contracts" (Lagos, San Francisco Chronicle, 5/17).
- "Governor Brown Signs Contracts With Six State Unions" (Weintraub, AP/San Jose Mercury News, 5/17).