The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 10, 2009
Layoff letters to go out: What are people saying where you work?

While we were out of the office, Cap Bureau colleague Kevin Yamamura filed this story about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's threat to issue layoff warnings to 20,000 workers if a budget deal isn't done this week.

So what are people saying where you work? Are they blaming the governor? The Legislature? Both? Do you fear for your job or those of coworkers? Or is this a stunt that will never actually happen? (Many people thought that furloughs wouldn't happen, either.)

Please shoot us an e-mail with your workplace reports to

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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