The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 14, 2009
Corrections will take biggest layoff hit; no word on more furloughs

We're back from covering the budget press conference and have put up this story. A couple of quick points:

  • Furloughs didn't come up. Nothing to report on whether the governor might try to add an unpaid day off to the two he's already ordered.
  • No specific numbers. The administration didn't break down the 5,000 layoffs by department, but Finance Director Mike Genest did say Corrections would take the biggest hit, followed by Health and Human Services. We expect more specifics tomorrow after affected state workers get the news.
  • The administration is obligated to notify unions of their intentions at least 60 days before layoffs take effect. Vickie Bradshaw, secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development, said the unions are being officially informed today. (see video below)

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