Living with Janus, unions adapt – Capitol Weekly
Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s split decision dealing a significant blow to public unions, California union leaders remain optimistic about their ability to stay viable. Ted Toppin, the Executive Director for the Professional Engineers in California Government, has faith in the organization’s ability to retain members. “You have to have collective action against employers, corporations, state governments and local governments,” Toppin said. “If you don’t have somebody defending you collectively and individually, you have little chance of getting a fair shake.”
Why a California department almost laid off 22 state workers it just hired – The Sacramento Bee
The 22 state engineers who received scary notices last month indicating they might be fired because their employer made a mistake in how it hired them can finally rest easy. All of them can keep their jobs, according to the state Human Resources Department. The safety engineers themselves did not do anything wrong in answering those questions when they applied for jobs at the Department of Industrial Relations. That’s why the state backed off its initial move to dismiss them less than a year after it hired them. “We put two attorneys on it and started asking questions because that’s what we do in a situation like this,” said Jon Ortiz, Research Director for their union, Professional Engineers in California Government. “And then we heard that the folks’ jobs were going to be saved.”
California’s scenic Highway 1 fully reopened for the first time in more than a year – Los Angeles Times
On Wednesday at 9:45 a.m., Caltrans reopened Highway 1 at Mud Creek — the first time in more than a year the coastal route was fully open. Caltrans has spent $54 million to repair the road bed and reconstruct a quarter-mile stretch of new pavement.
Jerry Brown to Supreme Court: Hurry up and hear my pension law case – The Sacramento Bee
Before he leaves Office, Gov. Jerry Brown wants the State Supreme Court to resolve a lawsuit that could empower his successor to reduce or alter pension benefits for California public employees. Technically, the lawsuit seeks to undo only a small part of Brown’s Public Employee Pension Reform Act that prevents public employees from buying service time that is credited to their pensions. But both sides acknowledge the stakes are much higher.
Delta tunnels get ‘real’ as backers seek $1.6B loan from Trump administration – The Sacramento Bee
Critical permits and legal challenges are still pending, and some farming groups still haven’t committed to paying for part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s controversial $17 billion Delta tunnels project. But even with the uncertainty, backers of the project are poised to ask the Trump Administration for a $1.6 billion federal loan.