"This is about our contract," SEIU President Yvonne Walker said in a statement announcing the vote. "Whether it is through litigation, negotiations or any other actions that are necessary, we're in this for the long haul to right this wrong to our members. We negotiated in good faith, we have offered cost saving solutions, and we need our contract to be ratified."
President Yvonne Walker said the overwhelming support shows employees are outraged at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision to unilaterally furlough state workers three days each month.
A strike by prison guards would usually be considered illegal, though Corcoran said they walked off the job in 1979 and 1981.
"We're not ready to tip our hand until we actually move on it," he said. "There is no strike imminent. There is no strike planned at this time.
The three monthly furloughs will continue through June 2010 under the budget revision Schwarzenegger signed into law Tuesday. McLear said the bipartisan budget effectively nullifies the February agreement and the union is welcome to come back to the bargaining table.
She said the contract negotiated with the administration would have saved the state $340 million, and she blamed the Republican governor for the plan's failure in the Legislature.
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"We have not done so yet, but we are on the verge of looking at something similar with our members to see if they would be interested in what would be a very, very severe job action," said spokesman Lance Corcoran.
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"If we're not essential to public safety, then we believe in our mind that we could strike," Corcoran said. "He's going to have to make a determination: either we're essential to public safety or we're not."
to use state workers as pawns in his political games," she said. "Our members have sent a message that we are not going to stand by and let him hurt California, our families and ruin the quality public services we provide."
The union represents state employees including clerks, auditors, teachers, librarians, custodians and nurses.
He argued that Schwarzenegger opened the door to a legal strike by not including guards when he exempted state firefighters and highway patrol officers from the furloughs.
The three furlough days effectively reduce pay by about 14 percent for most of the state's more than 200,000 workers. The furloughs also shut down most of state government three Fridays each month.
as Schwarzenegger's dangerous proposals to ease sentences for some crimes to cut the corrections budget.
"With so many Californians out of work it is very disappointing that these employees have voted to walk away from their jobs," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. "We hope state workers continue to show up to work at a time when Californians are in need of the valuable services they provide."
The governor's latest proposal would reduce the prison population by 27,000 inmates and cost Air Force 1 High Brown 5,000 correctional employees' jobs over two years. Legislators will consider that proposal later this month as they debate cutting $1.2 billion from prison spending.
A spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said no strike is imminent. Union leaders will meet in the coming week to decide what steps to take, spokesman Jim Zamora said.
SEIU had negotiated a contract with the administration in February that would have limited its 95,000 members to a single monthly furlough day. Republican legislators blocked the contract's ratification, and Schwarzenegger said he had no choice but to add furlough days to help the state close a $26 billion budget deficit.
Zamora said the union's leaders and activists will now decide what steps to take to force ratification of the contract negotiated in February.
Delegates to the California Correctional Peace Officers Association's convention voted last month to let the union's executive committee call for a strike.
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Correctional officers are working without a contract following a bitter years long fight with the administration. Corcoran said officers also are upset with what they view Nike Air Force White High Tops
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