The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 26, 2009
UC Berkeley to lay off 300, cut courses and library hours

State spending cuts have hit UC Berkeley today -- and it wasn't pretty.

The university announced that it is laying off roughly 300 employees and cutting about 8 percent of its courses to address a steep drop in state funding, the Associated Press reports from the Bay area.

Library hours are to be cut, too, though faculty has been spared, according to the announcement by chancellor Robert Birgeneau.

A furlough plan is also  saving hundreds more jobs.

To read the AP story, click here.

To see details of UC Berkeley's furlough plan, click here.

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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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