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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.