The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 1, 2009
Back to 'Furlough Fridays'

In ordering most state workers to take three furlough days a month beginning July 10, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also reinstituted a plan for closing down most state offices on Fridays.

Administration officials said their reasons were twofold: It would be logistically difficult to manage self-directed furloughs three days a month, and closing offices would also save on building operation costs.

The order says the state Department of Personnel will direct state offices to close the first, second and third Friday of every month through June 2010. 

For a list of offices that will remain open click here. 

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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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