The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 6, 2009
SEIU offers furlough alternatives

Contract talks resumed today. SEIU Local 1000 offered up several suggestions it says will "save the state hundreds of millions without mandatory furloughs."

The proposals:

  1. A voluntary reduced work week program of 5 percent, 10 percent or 20 percent.
  2. A golden handshake for state workers willing to take early retirement.
  3. Converting two state holidays - Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day - for two additional personal leave days.
  4. Freezing employee health care contributions at 2008 levels.

Read the SEIU statement issued late today by clicking here.

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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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