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Resolution on State Woker Contracts

This resolution referred to the State Executive Committee (SEC) from the floor of the Peace and Freedom Party State Convention on August 1, 2010, and published by the SEC on October 7, 2010. For a related statement by the Peace and Freedom candidate Governor, Carlos Alvarez, click here.

WHEREAS the Schwarzenegger administration reached agreements with all 21 state employee bargaining units, these agreements were ratified by the members of each bargaining unit, and were then passed by both houses of the state Legislature, and

WHEREAS Governor Schwarzenegger refused to sign the negotiated agreements approved by the Legislature, and

WHEREAS the Governor later forced some of the smaller unions to sign contracts unfavorable to their members, and

WHEREAS the Governor imposed a furlough on those state workers who have not signed these harmful agreements, which is effectively a 15% cut in their wages during the so-called "fiscal emergency", and

WHEREAS the Governor has threatened to pay state workers the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour until a budget act has been passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor, further threatening the financial security of state workers, and

WHEREAS over 14,000 state workers represented by SEIU, Local 1000 have been engaged in some 80 worksite actions,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party of California supports the efforts of California state workers to fight the Governor's efforts to use them as pawns in his budget battle, and calls on the governor to respect state workers by paying them full and fair wages for their work, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party demands that the Governor agree to a fair contract with all of the bargaining units of state workers, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party condemns the efforts by the Governor and his supporters to pit public and private sector workers against each other, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party opposes the Governor's demands for pension take-aways in return for signing a budget agreement, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party supports efforts to mobilize the state's 1.5 million public workers through direct labor action to defend their rights and livelihoods, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party opposes the call by Attorney General Brown for cutbacks in the pensions of state workers to solve the budget crisis.

 
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