SEIU's message has been more subdued lately. Maybe they know the blood in the water is real this time. Since union layoffs usually happen based on seniority, will the older members support reduced pay so the younger members can keep their jobs? All I know is, when SEIU starts backing down, it's about to get real ugly in unionville.
Here's a sampling from their November 12 newsletter (pdf):
We're fighting furloughs, holiday cutsAnd this is from their December 3rd newsletter (pdf):
The governor is once again dragging state employees into the state's budget crisis – this time by disguising wage cuts as unpaid "furloughs." Local 1000 leaders were quick to denounce the governor’s latest proposal...
"California’s chronic budget deficit is a revenue problem," said Jim Hard, Local 1000 vice president for organizing and representation. "We must insist that legislators drop their political baggage to take real actions on raising revenue."
Substantial gains still in placeNotice the shift from an aggressive message to an emphasis on previous success. The SEIU membership is divided; can the Governator conquer?
Our bargaining team has been meeting with state negotiators for six months and we've already signed more than 400 tentative agreements that both protect our hard-earned guarantees from past contracts and that improve our current contract.
"We've been very strategic in our approach," said Walker. "We've listened to members, prioritized their concerns and continue to organize and fight back."