The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 28, 2008
Furloughs? Pay cuts? State worker rumor mill in overdrive

Arnold 081027.JPGMonday's announcement by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he will call lawmakers to a special session to deal with the state's growing budget mess has revved up the rumor machine among worried state workers, judging by calls and e-mails we've fielded:

"I heard that state supervisors and managers will be getting a 5% pay cut. [I'm a manager.]" one e-mailer wrote. "My boss [exempt] said he'd heard that exempts were getting a 5% pay cut. Generally I don't like to listen to rumors, but obviously this one, if true, will affect many of us!"

Another long-time state worker heard that furloughs are coming. "Better than just whacking jobs," he said.

And current contract talks were on the mind of one state worker who called us: "If the state is already $10 billion in the hole, there's no way we're getting a raise."

If you missed it, you can read Bee reporter Jim Sanders' story on the planned special legislative session by clicking here.

And Steve Wiegand of The Bee Capitol Bureau has more here.

IMAGE: Brian Baer / Sacramento Bee

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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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