The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 15, 2009
State workers protest furloughs on steps outside state Capitol

"Furlough Arnold!," they chanted. "Impeach Arnold!"

"The state of the state is a mess!" they added.

They needed a bit of egging on, but a couple of hundred members and organizers of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, protested outside the Capitol at noon today after the governor's morning state of the state address.

Lots of colorful purple SEIU T-shirts to go with the purple prose chants and signs.

There was some TV coverage.

Lots of warm sunshine. Free brown bag lunches and sodas for all.

It was over in about 30 minutes, but heard inside the Legislature, I'm told.

Similar protests also took place today in the Bay area, Fresno, San Diego and Los Angeles, SEIU spokesman Jim Zamora said.

Vignettes of the Sacramento protest are below.

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