The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 16, 2009
Layoff warning notices to go out Tuesday morning

Well, it's going to happen. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to send out 20,000 layoff notices tomorrow morning. You can read the details in this breaking story by Kevin Yamamura.

The good news, if you're represented by SEIU: You're not subject to the layoffs, under the terms of the Local 1000 tentative agreement reached on Saturday.

For everyone else, the notices trigger a layoff process that takes 120 days. These aren't "pink slips." They're warnings that positions may be terminated. The governor's aim is to eliminate 10,000 of the 20,000 jobs under the layoff warning.

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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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