A message from President Yvonne R. Walker

yvonne_podium_web.jpgLocal 1000 response to proposed cuts to state employee compensation

You have read media reports about the budget crisis and the possible cuts to state employee compensation that will be announced in the governor's May revise budget.

I have participated in a number of meetings in recent weeks with Gov. Brown's administration to discuss the state's budget situation. These meetings are ongoing.

Under the previous governor, our input was not sought, in fact, it was dismissed. Under Gov. Brown, we have a seat at the table. We have offered our own proposals to deal with this crisis. 

First let me say that I have made it clear that furloughs are not on the table.

We have proposed to reduce outsourcing by cutting private vendor contracts, eliminating retired annuitants from the state payroll and, if necessary, implementing a four-day, 40-hour workweek.

As you know, the budget process in California is a long, difficult road. As always, I am in there fighting for state workers and the services we provide to all Californians. I will continue to offer additional cost savings measures. I invite you to share your own cost-savings ideas by talking to your steward, your Local 1000 organizer or by clicking here.

I look forward to hearing from you. Together, we will do what's right for our members, our families and all Californians.

Yvonne R. Walker
President, Local 1000