The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 17, 2009
Seeking more info on layoff warnings, furloughs and union actions

We're working on getting a few things for you this morning:

  • A copy of the layoff warning letter going out to 20,000 state workers today.
  • Specifics on how furloughs will work this week, given that employees under the SEIU's tentative contract, reached on Saturday, are not subject to twice-monthly furlough. The SEIU deal calls for just one unpaid leave day per month.
  • More details on the new SEIU contract

We're also planning to reach out to unions still bargaining for a new contract. Is the SEIU deal a template for them? And what about various court actions fighting the furlough order?

We want to hear from you. What questions do you have? Have you or a coworker received a layoff warning letter? Let us know what you're seeing.

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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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