The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 27, 2009
Caltrans workers on furlough Friday didn't get overtime

After reading in last Thursday's state worker column that it took 12 hours to clean up a lubricant spill in Marin County while all Caltrans workers were on furlough, some of you wondered: How much did the people who ended up cleaning the mess get paid? Overtime?

Well, no. They got regular time. You can't pay Caltrans workers overtime unless they've worked more than 40 hours that week, even though it's a day they're supposed to be on furlough, spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said.

Even though the people who finally cleaned up the mess came all the way from Geyserville.

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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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