By Jon Ortiz
Published: Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 3A

After California voters embraced Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax hike, this column received a half-dozen phone calls from state workers asking essentially the same question: “What are the odds I’ll get a raise?”

At the risk of ruining their Thanksgiving, here’s the answer: virtually zero.

Still, some state workers clearly see the $6.1 billion infusion of Proposition 30 and labor’s role in its passage as an opportunity to call in a favor from Brown when talks start for contracts that expire in July.

They figure the governor owes public employee unions for getting out the vote for his tax measure. Why else was Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU Local 1000, standing at Brown’s side when he announced the measure had won on Nov. 6?

State workers sacrificed for Brown by agreeing to take a furlough day each month, essentially a 5 percent pay cut, and clipped the state’s 2012-13 payroll by $839 million. They offered loud-but-largely-token resistance to the pension reform laws that Brown signed.

Both let Brown put another notch in his budget-cutter’s belt ahead of the Proposition 30 vote.

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