But it is always the CCPOA
that is given as the example.
Most surprisingly, the CCPOA has come out against Schwarzenegger's multibillion-dollar prison expansion plan, arguing it will lead to even more dangerous working conditions for its members.
In 2002, the thuggish head of the CCPOA, Don Novey, was replaced by Mike Jimenez, who'd worked his way up the ranks since he'd become a guard in the 1980s after doing low-paying work in the oil fields.
For one, the CCPOA is politically powerful, and will likely oppose measures that threaten prison guards' job security, or even measures that would slow CCPOA expansion.
Under the current CCPOA contract, a sizeable amount of managerial control rests with the union.
Schwarzenegger and the CCPOA
have had a rocky relationship.
CCPOA gave $1 million to the successful 2008 campaign against Proposition 5, which would have reduced sentences and parole times for nonviolent drug offenders while emphasizing drug treatment over prison.
To maintain California's prison-industrial complex, CCPOA must also plow money into broader defenses of the status quo.
A bill giving him power to police the prison system sailed through the State Senate; then the CCPOA
sank it in the Assembly.
stayed out of the fray on 19, as did many of the formerly anti-reform and deep-pocketed Indian tribes.
But the biggest giveaway came when Davis signed off on a contract that gave CCPOA
members an average pay increase of 30.
We think meting public safety out to the lowest bidder is a recipe for disaster,'' said CCPOA
Executive Vice President Mike Jimenez.