The bill proposed in California likely faces an early death, because the state’s legislature leans heavily Democratic, and Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has already vowed not to target public workers to help solve the state’s monumental budget woes. Many of California’s Republican lawmakers, however, are calling for dramatic public pension reform as a component of the state’s budget negotiations. Despite the numerical advantage enjoyed by state Democrats in the legislature, Brown still needs a handful of Republicans to cross the aisle before his budget can pass, notes Reuters.
The Commonwealth Club of California has often examined the role of unions in California and across the country, and below are some examples of related material:
- Cesar Chavez, November 9, 1984
- Robert F. Kennedy, January 4, 1968
- Upcoming event: Teachers Unions vs. the State, March 28, 2011
–By Ella Arnold