The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 9, 2009
DPA talks to management reps about furloughs, layoffs and 'golden parachutes'

The Association of California State Supervisors, which advocates for exempt state workers, has posted notes written by Senior Labor Rep Bonnie Morris from a meeting last Wednesday with DPA.

Before we continue, it's important to remember the context of what you're about to read: This was a meeting to talk about concerns of management employees, state workers who are not represented by a union.

Topics covered in the back-and-forth between ACSS and the administration include furlough policy, health care premiums, employee buyouts, business and travel expenses, holidays, classification and salary issues.

One of the questions that we regularly field is whether layoffs are still coming, now that lawmakers have passed the budget. ACSS asked the same question in its meet and confer:

ACSS: With the budget settled, do you anticipate there will still be a need for layoffs?

DPA: We are hopeful there won't be as many layoffs. We are hoping employees who received SROA notices Will move into postions that are not targeted elsewhere in state service. We hope the five budget-related propositions pass so this budget will be successfully completed. If the propositions do not pass, we will be in a worse situation, with more furloughs and layoffs.

You can link to the Morris notes from this page on the ACSS Web site. There's also an exempt employees furlough Q&A link on the upper left corner of the page.

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