The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 14, 2008
State workers counter Schwarzenegger plan

We put out the call this morning for counter proposals to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's employee furlough, holiday and OT changes. Ernest Feliciano, who belongs to Bargaining Unit 1, sent along an e-mail with several ideas from state employees:

  1. No reduction in pay to state workers, There are 1,700 vacant positions, eliminate 1,100 vacant positions from current payroll to achieve the same savings.

  2. Offer the one day off per month as a voluntary leave program. THE VLP program was previously offered and state employees volunteered to take VLP for reduced pay.
  3. If forced to reduce pay (5 percent) for 19 months, seek a cost of living allowance (COLA) raise for 2008, 2009 and 2010 to be available at the end of the 19 month period, i.e,, a delayed pay raise at the end.
  4. If forced to reduce pay 5 percent for 19 months, seek an automatic cost of living allowance (COLA) raise to all future Unit 1 labor contracts.

Other ideas are building on our earlier post, Tell Arnold how to avoid furloughs, benefit cuts. Click here to check those out.

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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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