The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 14, 2009
State to lay off 5,000 workers

Kevin Yamamura reports that an administration source says that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to lay off 5,000 state workers by the end of June.

This raises plenty of questions about how the state can lay off employees more quickly than policy allows. For example, the state must meet and confer with state employee unions at least 60 days before terminating employees in a layoff. If the state adheres to that policy, the earliest that workers could be cut would be mid July.

We're heading over to the 2 p.m. budget revise press conference shortly -- with plenty of questions.

Click here for the Department of Personnel Administration's "Overview of the Layoff Process."

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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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