Next had I been part of decision I would have voted for it, because it makes economic sense in a State where Unions have contributed to a very disproportionate amount of the massive budget problems.
Then we come to the myth of unions having fair wages. They use threats, intimidation, and coersion to force employers like the State of California to pay unreasonable, unsustainable, wages and benefits until they go broke. Which is where we are right damn now.
Unions are a problem at every level of Government and should be outlawed.
Saving the Tax payers of my State half a billion dollars is worth pissing off a bunch people who are in truth part of the reason a contract with China was so attractive they had no other choice that made any sense at all.
It also saved every tax payer in the Nation money because the Federal funds were never used.
This was a win, win, win,decision all around as regrettable and distasteful as it was to make.
By the way. Because of this kind of contract China has a fast growing middle class, and they are not slaves.