The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 20, 2009
Layoff news trickling in from DPA, other departments

So here's the latest on layoffs:

DPA is updating its State Restriction of Appointments lists as it continues to process data that it has received from departments affected by the layoffs. You can see the layoffs by department by clicking here. Or you can click on this link for the layoffs by job class list.

The lists include the layoff notice effective date, so look for items dated May 18 or later. Those jobs fall under the last week's layoff order.

Both lists and other information about the layoff process can be found on DPA's State Restriction of Appointments page, which you can view by clicking here.

If you're one of the unfortunate 5,000, be sure you carefully comb through the information there to make sure you understand your layoff rights and your responsibilities if you want to stay in state government.

We also recommend you check out the State Personnel Board's "Transfer and Reinstatement Opportunities" page for details about how to transfer into another job, positions for which you might be qualified and vacant positions in state service. Click here to view that Web page.

Meanwhile, we're pestering state officials for layoff details: How many layoff notices went out, exactly? How many to each department? What job classes took the biggest hits? How much money does the administration estimate the general fund will save through the layoffs?

And we have a question for state workers who have seen this sort of thing before: Are you surprised that it's taken four business days and counting since the layoff notices went out for the state to come up with the details? (We're still relatively new to all this, having covered state workers since last July.)

Anyway, when we have the answers, you'll have the answers.

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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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