The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 17, 2009
Read the layoff letter here

The State Worker has received a copy of the "surplus notice" that individual departments are sending out to their least senior employees. Each department will put the notice on its own the letterhead.

The letter will be issued to 20,000 state workers, according to officials in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration, with a target of 10,000 layoffs by July 1. The Legislative Analyst, however, questions whether that goal is realistic.

Click here to read the letter.

You can see a how the layoff process works on this page of the Department of Personnel Administration's Web site.

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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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