Even after such things are exposed it was a long haul to get the guards to comply with the law, which only points to the power and arrogance of the unions.
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association - the state prison guards' union - is complaining about, and pursuing legal action against, the California government because of the supposed unfairness of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough policy, which the union says forces some of its members to work on furlough days without pay. Yet the same union doesn't mind stiffing the rest of us as its top officials do the union's business without reimbursing the state.In fact, CCPOA has been short-changing the state for millions of dollars, according to a spokeswoman for the California Department of Personnel Administration. A handful of the union's top leaders spend their days doing union business rather than working at their prison jobs, and the union is supposed to reimburse taxpayers for the salaries and benefits related to those officials' direct union work.
It's common for taxpayers to fund union work
Daniel DiSalvo's PSI piece refers to an outrageous situation, described in a George Will column that quotes Goldwater Institute journalist Mark Flatten's work exposing how taxpayers in Arizona pay for the salaries of union officials. I wrote about this in 2010 regarding the prison guards:
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