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Senate Approves State Labor Deals

Posted on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 5:53am

After several hours of arm-twisting, the California State Senate has narrowly signed off on new contracts with six labor unions – including the one that represents prison guards.  The debate centered on whether the deals go far enough.

Democrat Lou Correa is the bill’s sponsor.  According to Correa, “it does save money, and it’s a very good step forward to better manage our corrections system.  I ask for an aye vote.”

But Republican Leader Bob Dutton disagreed, saying “this bill does provide some short-term gain, but with a lot of long-term pain. I would suggest a no vote.”

Every Democrat and two Republicans voted yes – just enough to give the bill its required two-thirds supermajority.  GOP Senator Anthony Cannella changed his vote at the last minute to assure the measure’s passage.  It now moves to the Assembly.

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