The initiative would make two significant changes to the state constitution:
1. The state constitution would be amended to explicitly provide for state employees to organize by majority vote of workers in an appropriate bargaining unit, and bargain collectively with the state of wages, benefits, pensions, and other terms and conditions of employment. Since 1980 the Civil Service Commission has allowed collective bargaining, but that right is not written into statute or the Constitution.
2. It would give state employees (but not the state) the power to compel binding arbitration in the case of labor negotiation impasses. Under current law, only emergency workers like police and firefighters have this power.