White Papers


Local 1000 White Papers


State Contracting Transparency: Why is California so far behind?

If you want to know what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation budgeted for overtime, the department’s budget overview online specifically details the amount: $105 million for fiscal year 2011-12.

For health care services? Two billion.

Inmate education and activities? Sixty-six million.


The Hidden Branch of Government

Every year, the state pays private industry billions of dollars to provide services.

Between 2003 and 2011, the state signed contracts–some with the nation’s corporate giants–worth about $210.6 billion.


Violence in California’s Mental Health Hospitals
Workers deserve stronger protection

The Department of Mental Health workers have reported numerous cases of abuse. This report gauges the level of violence experienced by employees and gets their insight on the causes.


Defined Benefit Retirement Plans: a proven system

What is the truth about defined benefit retirement plans? They offer higher benefits at a lower cost; they keep retired people from becoming a public burden; they attract quality workers and they are a real deal for taxpayers.

A new report by Local 1000’s Research Department tells you how.


Performance Based Budgeting: Opportunities and Considerations

Will dispersing funding based on how state government performs benefit California? Performance-based budgeting must have planning and reliable benchmarks to succeed.


Danger for People with Disabilities

Urgent changes are needed to improve crucial services for those who rely on disability claims to keep them fed and sheltered.


Board of Equalization Joint Task Force

Recommendations here will improve collection on owed taxes, which includes lowering the threshold for liens, publicizing corporate names of tax evaders and allowing flexible work hours for collectors to coincide with business hours.


From the Cell to the Classroom

Even though budgets are tight, California prisons can implement measures that enhance inmate rehabilitation, such as reducing redundant paperwork for staff, which will ultimately cut state spending.


IT Contracts with the State of California

The state could rein in spending by rebuilding and strengthening its own information technology services rather than spending billions on contracting for them and spending twice as much for contract workers.


State civil service reform: California’s Human Resource Modernization project in a comparative perspective

How has civil-service reform done in other states? How will California’s version of reform change state employment? What steps are needed for true reform?