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.”