The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 17, 2009
Blog back: Colleague's coverage, CHP, cancelled savings

Blog backs review your thoughtful and provocative online comments, amplify points, answer questions, correct our mistakes and humbly accept your warranted criticism.

Between our vacation (a belated thanks to Andrew McIntosh for filling in), the 5 percent pay cut / fourth "Furlough Friday" news, covering union strike talk and keeping up on your calls and e-mails, blog backs have fallen a bit behind. Look for a few more BBs next week as we catch up.

July 3 Blog back: An invite for Meg, car washes, CHP raises and state vehicles

Andrew, You are definitely a much better moderator, and writer than Ortiz. Please don't leave. A level head, sense of humor, and maybe a wee bit of respect for the state (workers and persons) is much appreciated. Thanks!

Sorry that we don't meet the blog user's standards, but at least he or she has set a high bar.

July 5 UPDATE: Sunday reading: State worker blasts The Bee; story on local impact of furloughs, layoffs

Still waiting for the Bee's coverage of the current status of the non-furloughed state employees in Hawaii. After all, the Bee opened the door.

We're happy that users have come to depend on this blog for state worker news, although we freely admit that we have a tough time just keeping up with developments in our own state. However, we're hoping that our new Publish2 system will help streamline newslink posts. And users are always welcomed to send us a quick e-mail with news stories that they think blogworthy.

There was some state worker news out of Hawaii on Thursday, by the way. Click here for our round up of recent state worker news from around the country, including the latest from Hawaii.

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July 7 So what's up with CHP?

TSW users have been very interested in the CAHP contract. Some applaud the union. Others ... not so much:

What a problem to have... Too much money coming in!! SO MUCH IT IS EMBARASSING or politically incorrect. My hat is off to the CAHP. Great contract!
oh boy-listen to this spin. hamm knows they can't take a raise now. he'll come up with some b.s. about giving back to the state and agree to take nothing (this year). then he'll negotiate it on the back end for a make up of double digits in the future...PLUS, they will not agree to a furlough. scum!

Seems like whenever CHP officer compensation comes up, the governor's dependence on the patrol for security also surfaces.

If you're wondering why doesn't Unkle Arnie's orders do not affect the CHP the answer is easy. They are the only ones allowed to be near him with guns.

July 7 Transportation supervisor: 'We play by the rules but our employer won't'

Yep- I'm in that same boat: Single-income. Can't buy anything. Can't afford to go anywhere except to and from work. Had to file for bankruptcy, and on top of that, I'm expected to be a good state worker and produce. Furlough program is inconsistent and inequitable across departments. And all the while the governor and the legislature keep making our financial fiasco worse by not addressing budget. SUCKS !!!

Think about this, furloughed state workers: The state burns through another $25 million each day that the state goes into the new fiscal year with no budget, according to a recent report by our Bee colleague Jim Sanders. One "Furlough Friday" equals $425 million in payroll savings for the 2009-10 fiscal year, according to the administration (about $1.3 billion when you add the three FFs together).

In other words, lawmakers' piddling around with a budget deal for the last 17 days has offset any savings from the third furlough day that the governor added.

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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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