The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 6, 2008
Schwarzenegger wants furloughs, fewer holidays for state workers

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to propose legislation that will make cuts to state worker pay and benefits, including:

  • Elimination of Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day as paid state holidays.
  • One-day-a-month unpaid furloughs for state workers for the next 17 months,
  • Elimination of the ability to count leave time when calculating overtime.
  • Giving state agencies the ability to schedule workers to 4-day, 10-hour weeks.
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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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