Deadline for state workers' strike vote

July 31, 2009 9:29:06 AM PDT
Friday is the deadline for state workers to vote on whether or not to call a strike. Their votes will be counted on Saturday.

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Leaders of the Service Employees International Union sent out ballots earlier this month. Some 95,000 SEIU members have been without a new contract for more than a year.

Now, they're upset because they're being forced to take a required three days off without pay.

No state employee union has ever called a general strike and it's unclear what would happen if one did. Government officials say a walkout by employees would violate labor agreements and the state would punish anyone who strikes.

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