The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 11, 2009
Furlough Friday protester for Governor?

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Last week we wrote about Rod Breitmaier's personal economic boycott to protest state worker furloughs. The DMV IT auditor has vowed he won't spend a cent on Furlough Fridays.

We were curious whether he'd received any feedback from his story in The Bee. Here's what he told us in a recent e-mail:

Actually the support has been stronger than I had hoped for. As you know I work in an audit environment, and have even had positive feedback from management. Many of my friends and co-workers love the idea of no spending on Furlough Fridays.

... I think some will join the one man protest and curb spending on that day. I have had a few offers to buy me milk. A few colleagues have even printed the picture of me and posted outside their cubicle with "Rod for Governor" on it. What a compliment -- though obviously tongue-in-cheek ...

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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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