Investigators from the governor's office are worried that without SEIU's influence, California would've been able to accept stimulus money without having to reverse the wage cuts. From the Los Angeles Times:
California Secretary of Health and Human Services Kim Belshe said she could not recall another instance in which the federal government invited a significant stakeholder group into such government-to-government negotiations.
"The involvement of a stakeholder in this kind of state-federal deliberative process is unusual at best," she said. "This was really atypical and outside any norm I am familiar with."