Joe W. Bowers Jr. and Edward Henderson | California Black Media
Tensions are flaring over ongoing contract negotiations between government employee unions and the state. Some are deadlocked.
The delays have prompted Assemblymember Tina McKinnor (D – Inglewood), who is a member of the California Legislative Black Caucus and other lawmakers to write a letter asking Gov. Gavin Newsom to intervene.
“State workers play a crucial role in all of California’s programs,” lawmakers said in the letter dated Aug. 14. “To achieve your Administration’s goals, such as combating climate change, ensuring accessible and affordable healthcare, and improving our transportation infrastructure, it is crucial to retain public workers who can effectively implement these vital programs and policies. Unfortunately, without a new contract many of these workers’ economic futures, and our ability to retain them as employees, are in jeopardy.”