The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 29, 2008
Union files unfair practice charge against DPA

SEIU Local 1000 has filed an unfair practice charge against the state Department of Personnel Administration for failing to ;provide specific information about the 10,000 part-time state workers who were laid off earlier this month.

The union says that DPA promised a complete list but so far has produced info on about 250 terminated workers. That list is part of the union's Thursday filing with the Public Relations Employment Board, which you can access by clicking here.

The complaint says that SEIU needs the information to "represent the affected workers in good faith."

Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker took the criticism further in an e-mail to the State Worker: "The state is either playing fast and loose with labor law or state offiicals have no idea what's going on in their agencies. Either way it's proof the executive order is a mistake."

A DPA spokeswoman said that the department will review the charge.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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