Court Workers Applaud Assembly Passage of AB 1208

Call on Senate to Restore Justice as Courts’ Top Priority

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from SEIU member Debbi Pearson, a court worker, upon the Assembly’s passage today of AB 1208 [Calderon]:

“Court workers applaud the State Assembly’s passage of AB 1208, a bill needed to reign in wasteful spending within the Administrative Office of the Courts by moving spending decisions out of the hands of an unaccountable bureaucracy and closer to the local trial courts that are the heart of California’s justice system.

“The AOC has lost sight of our justice system’s priorities, misspending billions on poorly managed IT and construction projects and gold-plated perks for top officials. Restoring balance in trial court funding is the only way to keep courtrooms open to families and businesses seeking justice and to repair the trust the AOC has broken with taxpayers and the public.

“A fair and accessible justice system is a hallmark of a civil society and an economic imperative for California. Now, the Senate must act to restore justice as our courts’ top priority by passing AB 1208.”

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Over 700,000 Californians make up SEIU in California; we work throughout the state, in all 58 counties, and we represent California in all of its diversity. We are social workers, nurses, classroom aides, state workers, security officers, college professors, home care workers, janitors, and more.

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