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State Workers Vote No On Concessionary Contract Pushed By Union Tops
by Inter-CA State Union Organizing Committee
Wednesday Jun 19th, 2013 8:48 PM
While the legislators are getting a 5% pay increase the State Union leadership of SEIU 1000 and CAPS has pushed a concession contract after giving up hundreds of millions of dollars over the last few years. It is time to fight for against these austerity contracts pushed by high paid business unionists who are in the pocket of the corporate politicians.
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State Workers Vote No On Concessionary Contract Pushed By Union Tops
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VOTE NO ON ALL CONCESSIONARY CONTRACTS!

THE INTER-UNION COMMITTEE OF STATE WORKERS AT CDPH CALLS FOR UNITED ACTION OF ALL STATE AND PUBLIC WORKERS AGAINST CONCESSIONARY CONTRACTS! VOTE THEM DOWN!
INITIATE ACTION COMMITTEES HOLD FORUMS
PREPARE FOR A STATE WIDE GENERAL STRIKE!

State, public workers and programs that serve the people are under attack by the very politicians workers put their faith in! In the meantime the billionaires reap record profits, the banks and big corporations hoard capital and Governor Brown demands that State Workers accept concessionary contracts! GIVE THE TA SIGNED BY SEIU 1000 A BIG NO VOTE!

WE SHARED THE PAIN! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

State Workers already paid for the economic crisis with three years of furloughs and lost hours, stolen holidays, uncompensated increases in medical and pensions. No Cost Of Living Allowances effectively cuts our wages by 25% since the year 2000, while attrition and hiring freezes results in speed up, stress and supervisorial misconduct (bullying-which contract language along will not eliminate). Even the yet to be seen 3% increase from the 2012 contract only partially covered the increase in medical and pension contributions State Workers suffered under that agreement. The proposed 4.5% over two years of a 3 year contract puts us back even further!

100 BILLIONAIRES SAY CALIFORNIA IS AWASH WITH CASH

At the beginning of the crisis there were only 84 billionaires in California, today there are 100! It is not for the State Worker to tell the legislature or the governor where to get the money that is their problem. But it is obvious that the money has been flowing to the top at the expense of those on the bottom! The State Worker unions helped put the Democrats in power in Sacramento but are finding out that these politicians won’t stand up to the corporations, the big capitalists and the rich because they are owned by them! Labor must stake its political independence to win!

UNION LEADERSHIP SELLS OUT THE WORKERS AGAIN

From Jon Ortiz’s article in the Sac Bee June,10th, “She said she would fight for us,” said Erni Medina, “but I don’t even see where she threw a punch” referring to SEIU president Yvonne Walker who came back from the bargaining table with 4.5% over two years of a three year contract! This is not acceptable! She was mandated to fight for 16% and a bonus of $2,500.00!

Our union leaderships take our dues dollars and give them to the politicians, lawyers and lobbyists instead of organizing the membership! Where is our strike fund? They have no strategy to fight for a fair contract! That is why the Inter-Union Organizing Committee came together! If the union leaderships were doing their job the rank and file would already be organized. So today we must organize ourselves to VOTE NO on the concessionary contracts!

FORM UP ACTION COMMITTEES AT YOUR WORK PLACE

Unite all 1.5 million public workers to fight the austerity and for fair contracts! Unite all workers and social program recipients to make the big finance houses-the bosses pay for their crisis.

Inter-Union Organizing Committee cdphiuoc(at)gmail.com June 18, 2013


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CA State lawmakers get 5 percent raise
Sacramento --

The governor, legislators and other state officeholders will get 5 percent pay raises starting in December, restoring some of what they lost starting five years ago when California began running huge budget deficits.


That decision came Wednesday from the California Citizens Compensation Commission, a voter-created panel whose seven members are appointed by the governor. The panel also voted to decrease the amounts that lawmakers and constitutional officeholders - including the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general - must pay for health insurance.

For most lawmakers, the commission's action means a salary increase of about $5,000 to $95,291, while the governor's pay will increase by about $8,700 to $173,987.

The raise undoes a 5 percent pay cut that the commission imposed last year to coincide with furloughs for state workers, which no longer are in place. It is still a fraction, however, of the 23 percent cut that the commission has made in officeholders' pay since 2008.

Lawmakers also receive a per diem of $141 for days they work at the Capitol, which can add tens of thousands of dollars to their pay depending on how many days the Legislature is in session. Some lawmakers do not take that payment, however.

Commission Chairman Thomas Dalzell, who was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown, said California officeholders' pay now lags behind that of officials in other states and even many local officeholders'.

Restoring California salaries to their 2008 levels is justifiable, he said, but now isn't the time to do it.

A big pay hike for politicians, coming less than a year after voters raised taxes on themselves to bail out the state budget, might not go over well with the public, Dalzell said.

"The data supports it, but the policy doesn't," he said.

Brown appointed four of the commission members and his predecessor, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, appointed the other three. The commission voted 5-1 for the increase, with Dalzell abstaining.

The "no" vote was cast by John Stites, a Schwarzenegger appointee. He said the state's economy and budget outlook have improved, but not enough to justify giving officials a raise.

The increases will be paid out of money that the Legislature budgeted for each office when it approved the fiscal 2013-14 budget last week.

In approving that budget, lawmakers made only minimal increases in funding for social services, saying there was no money to restore cuts imposed over the past few years.

Gary Hart, a Democrat who served in the Assembly and state Senate for two decades representing Santa Barbara and who now lives in Sacramento, told compensation committee members that current salaries make it difficult to persuade top-notch candidates to run for office.

He noted that lawmakers don't receive a pension, have to be away from their families for much of the year and make less money than many local elected officials.

"Due to term limits, legislative service is a career interrupter for candidates," Hart said.

The commission also voted to increase the amount the state contributes toward officials' health insurance. The figure had been set at 20 percent below the level for state employees in managerial positions, and the commission changed it to 10 percent.

Different officials have different health plans, so it's not clear what the change will mean to their bottom line.

Wyatt Buchanan is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail:wbuchanan [at] sfchronicle.com