Governor, Unions Banking on November Tax Increases

The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Gov. Brown and four state employee unions have agreed to extend for one year labor contracts that were set to expire July 1, well before the November elections. The arrangement allows the Governor and the unions to wait and see if Brown’s proposed sales and income tax increases will be approved by voters and thus whether there is more money available for union contracts.

Although the Governor has touted his proposed tax increases as necessary to save education, the four unions standing in line for what they hope will be an early Christmas are the International Union of Operating Engineers (Bargaining Unit 12), the Union of American Physicians & Dentists, the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Maybe I’m missing something here, but that doesn’t sound like education to me.  In a surprisingly candid statement, Ken Murch, a representative for the psychiatric technicians’ union, said, “The timing isn’t right to go in and make economic demands on the state … depending on what happens with the 2012-13 budget that starts July 1 and whether voters approve a November tax measure, things could get better in the future.”

Are those sleigh bells I’m hearing?

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Dan Drummond, Executive Director

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