State Workers Union Calls Off Monday Strike

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SACRAMENTO -- The union representing 93,000 state workers has called off a strike it had scheduled for Monday after what appears to be a breakthrough in negotiations.

A notice to members from union president Yvonne Walker cited progress in negotiations which the union earlier described as "not in good faith."

State lawyers appeared before a Sacramento Superior Court judge today prepared to argue that the strike was illegal and at the very least emergency and health and safety workers should not be allowed to walk out.

But after meeting with the judge in chambers, no ruling was forthcoming. Instead union officials say they will continue negotiating the rest of the day and into the evening if needed.

"We have been in conversations with the state, and we both feel we have found a pathway forward. Therefore we have withdrawn our notice to strike and will continue bargaining..." said Walker in a message to members.

The union represents nurses, librarians, IT workers, custodians as well as DMV and Employment Development Department workers.

Union officials would not say if a strike would still be called if talks break down again before Monday.

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