The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 19, 2009
Bee runs correction to Saturday furlough story

Saturday's Bee business story, "Furlough Fridays have downtown Sacramento in a funk," created a stir with several state workers. The reason: two women in the story who work for the governor's office, were described as taking two self-directed furlough days per month.

Whether the governor's staff takes furloughs has been an ongoing controversy with some TSW blog users, despite assurances by officials that they do take three furlough days per month. (Actually, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's spokesman Aaron McLear says, most governor's office employees work the furlough days and take the 14 percent cut.)

We heard from about a dozen state workers who pointed to the Saturday piece as proof that gubernatorial staff aren't sharing the pain equally with state workers who take three furlough days per month.

Today's Bee has this correction to that Saturday furlough impact story:

A story about the effect of state employee furloughs on downtown Sacramento businesses that ran on page B1 Saturday incorrectly stated the number of furlough days taken by staffers who work in the governor's office. Staffers in the governor's office must take three furlough days monthly, just as other state employees.

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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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