The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 5, 2009
Cal-EPA furlough days not set, says spokeswoman

DPA Cal-EPA spokeswoman BreAnda Norcutt sent this e-mail about our post this morning regarding Cal-EPA closing on the first and third Fridays if the furlough plan goes forward:

Hi Jon -

Happy New Year! Just wanted to shoot you a quick correction email. Not sure who your "reliable source" is, but Cal/EPA days will most likely not be 1st and 3rd Fridays. Nothing is finalized yet, but the Secretary does want to pick two days a month (preferably Friday's) to close the building in order to garner additional operating savings.


Although we've reported that individual state agencies are making their furlough plans, Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley said that DPA has nothing yet to officially announce about the 2-day-per-month program. We'll immediately let you know when any furlough news develops.

Meanwhile, state worker contract negotiations restarted this morning. We don't expect any announcements on new deals until after elected state workers settle on a budget. When do you think that will happen?

And finally, we just got off the phone with SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker for a story we're writing about the governor's proposal to save money on state worker health benefits. Look for the report in Tuesday's Bee.

UPDATE - Jan. 6: Our story didn't run in today's Bee because of space issues. It's been rescheduled for Wednesday.

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