The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 3, 2009
EDD workers plan picket to protest furloughs

Employment Development Department workers are planning a protest in front of the department's Capitol Mall offices this week. Click here to see the press release with more details.

Since many EDD employees are covered by SEIU Local 1000, we asked union spokesman Jim Zamora if the union had signed off on this picket. His e-mailed response:

We didn't plan, sanction or authorize this protest. But SEIU Local 1000 understands the anger and frustration with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that front-line workers feel. The governor has been abusing state workers for the past year. State employees are sick of it and it's understandable that people need to respond in some way.

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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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