The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 17, 2009
BOE axing staff, taking leave volunteers and could issue SROA letters soon

The Board of Equalization has put out the call for volunteers willing to take some unpaid days off to help with up to $55 million in budget cuts. The board has already told students, retired annuitants and permanent intermittent employees that they'll be let go by the end of this month.

And now, according an e-mail sent today to all BOE staff by Executive Director Ramon J. Hirsig, layoffs could be next:

We are doing everything possible to make reductions so that employees will not be personally impacted any more than necessary. But because the State's fiscal challenges will not be corrected any time soon, and because the reductions will likely continue into the foreseeable future, it is likely to be necessary for the BOE to issue SROA notices to possibly hundreds of BOE employees following Board discussion on the subject at the August 31 meeting.

The BOE, along with other constitutional officers, hasn't furloughed its workers, despite a Sacramento Superior Court ruling that they're subject to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order. The constitutionals have appealed that decision to Sacramento's Third District Court.

Click here to read the e-mail that went to all BOE staff today and was confirmed by board spokeswoman Anita Gore.

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