California prison guards get major raise, as state goes broke
California may be going broke, with many salaries being slashed. However prison guards are getting yet another pay raise.
In a bizarre coincidence, the prison guards union has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Gov. Gray Davis’ election campaigns.
“California prison officers stand to receive a raise of as much as 7% on July 1, twice what negotiators for Gov. Gray Davis estimated when the governor agreed to a new contract last year.
The cost — $67 million more than anticipated — comes as the state struggles with a budget shortfall of as much as $35 billion, and as Davis calls on all state workers to accept deep pay cuts.”