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State Senate Signs Off On Labor Union Contracts

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 sponsored the bill.

“It does save money, and it’s a very good step forward to better manage our corrections system. I ask for an aye vote,” Correa said.

However, Republican Leader Bob Dutton disagreed.

“This bill does provide some short-term gain, but with a lot of long-term pain. I would suggest a no vote,” Dutton said.

Every Democrat and two Republicans voted yes – just enough to give the bill its required two-thirds supermajority. GOP Senator Anthony Cannella changed his vote at the last minute to assure the measure’s passage. It now moves to the Assembly.

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