Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown

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    Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown

    The moonbats screech at a Wisconsin Governor who actually believes he is the Governor of all the people, not a conduit to help public sector leeches loot the treasury.
    While Wisconsin is in the spotlight of the liberal media , California is going broke and the unions who elected Jerry Brown are walking all over him.
    http://www.redstate.com/laborunionreport/2011/04/25/californication-unions-ride-roughshod-over-jerry-brown/

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown recently walked into budget negotiations with six different unions with saving $308 million in mind. However, he walked out saving a mere $110 million.

    Brown’s spokesman, Gil Duran, says the original number was just “a negotiating tactic. If you say you’re only shooting for a certain amount in labor negotiations, you wind up with less than that.” But that’s thin spin. Brown failed to meet expectations.

    An example of Brown’s negotiating…er…acumen was recently provided by Brown in the recent contract he negotiated with the prison guards’ union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, a union that contributed $2 million help get Brown elected.
    According to California Watch:

    Buried deep within the labor contract recently approved by Gov. Jerry Brown for the state prison guards’ union is a provision that essentially lifts the cap on the amount of vacation those workers are allowed to accrue throughout their careers.

    Typically, state workers are allowed to bank 80 days worth of unused vacation, which can be cashed out when they leave state service. That vacation is cashed out at a worker’s rate of pay when they retire, so leave banked earlier in a state worker’s career effectively becomes more valuable over time.

    Our investigation last year showed that over a three-year period from 2006 to 2009, retiring state workers cashed out nearly a half billon dollars in unused vacation. At least $100 million of that, and probably much more, was for vacation in excess of the state’s 80-day cap.

    The corrections liability is even higher. As the Times pointed out, the average corrections worker has accumulated about 19 weeks of unused leave, creating a cash liability of more than $600 million that is virtually guaranteed to grow.

    In January, the question was asked about how Jerry Brown will handle public unions. Well, the question has now been answered. He won’t.

    Jerry’s failing to stay tough at the bargaining table has him taking some well-deserved flak. He, however, is standing up for himself:

    Brown told me that a few people have “tried to say there was something corrupt” in his union negotiating. But he loudly insisted: “I’m not a jerk, a clown or a crook….

    “As God is my witness, I did the best I could.”

    Given California’s history of failing to get its fiscal house in order, as well as unions owning California Democrats like Brown, it is little wonder why California’s exodus continues with more and more businesses leaving.


     
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    Why do these and the other companies move out of California? Vranich has updated his top 10 reasons that California companies call the moving van.

    Number 10 is new: Energy costs soaring because of new laws and regulations. Commercial electrical rates are already 50% higher than the rest of the country, Vranich says, and Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a new law increasing the amount of power utilities must buy from renewable sources plus regulations for the California Global Warming Solutions Act will start soon.

    The other reasons, Vranich says, are:

    9. High and unfair tax treatment
    8. Regulatory burden
    7. Unfriendly legal environment for business
    6. Most expensive place to do business
    5. Provable savings elsewhere
    4. Public policies and taxes create unfriendly business climate
    3. Uncontrollable public spending
    2. More adversarial toward business than any other state
    1. Poor rankings for California on lists ranging from taxes to crime rates to school dropout rates.

    "There is little evidence that California’s business environment will improve considering that the legislature in 2011 has voted down litigation reform, tax-increase plans are underway, and a host of new regulations are to be implemented that will increase costs for literally every business," Vranich says.

     
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    I don't have a problem with being able to cash out vacation days when one retires. However, like with most private companies, there should be a cap as to how many vacation days you can acrue. 
     
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    Re: Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown

    In Response to Re: Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown:
    [QUOTE]I don't have a problem with being able to cash out vacation days when one retires. However, like with most private companies, there should be a cap as to how many vacation days you can acrue. 
    Posted by WhichOnesPink[/QUOTE]

    The problem:  Everyone takes their vacation, but nobody submits the forms to have HR deduct the time.  Basically, they get to take their vacation and they also get to cash the time in.

     
     
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    Re: Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown

    If every state worker took their full vacations the state would have to cover the positions with overtime. It looks like alot of money, 600 million to pay out accrued vacation time but the state would have paid 900 million for time and half overtime. Let us remember these are are jobs that most people won't do, correction officers, and state police especially.
     
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    "Let us remember these are are jobs that most people won't do,"

    Isnt that the same lame talking point used to excuse illegal aliens working in the US?
    ...Is this line now recycleable for unionized overpaid public servants too?
     
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    Totally different Bob, menial labor compared to highly trained, extremely dangerous working conditions. The unions push for monies to train these men and women to better serve the public and to have safer prisons and streets. You want undertrained, incompetent COs transporting felons on public highways. States need to make these jobs attractive by offering decent salaries and benefits to get people take them. In good times recruitment is difficult. Now with economy recruitment is easier so the state could roll back benefits or restructure them. I understand that that is what collective bargaining does, California did save 110 million correct?
     
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    In Response to Re: Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown:
    [QUOTE]Totally different Bob, menial labor compared to highly trained, extremely dangerous working conditions. The unions push for monies to train these men and women to better serve the public and to have safer prisons and streets. You want undertrained, incompetent COs transporting felons on public highways. States need to make these jobs attractive by offering decent salaries and benefits to get people take them. In good times recruitment is difficult. Now with economy recruitment is easier so the state could roll back benefits or restructure them. I understand that that is what collective bargaining does, California did 110 million correct?
    Posted by lawboy[/QUOTE]

    Good economy or bad, they fill gymnasiums full of people to take the exams to get these jobs.
     
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    Re: Californication: Unions Ride Roughshod Over Jerry Brown

    Scheduling is the key, when a corrections officer takes time off. That block is short a week or 2. That is how most businesses operate; instead of having people work OT. The prisons are so automated and they have the ability to operate with skeleton crews if, necessary.
     
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