The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 31, 2009
We're back -- and here's what we're working on

Your humble reporter/blogger/columnist is back after a week off and weeding through a mountain of e-mails that has stacked up. (Our voice mail filled up on Aug. 22 and our e-mail inbox shut down Wednesday, so if you tried to reach us and couldn't last week, feel free to give it another try.)

Meanwhile, here's some of the stuff we're working on for The State Worker users:

  • We're keeping an eye out for news in advance of Tuesday's scheduled court hearing in SEIU Local 1000's furlough lawsuit.
  • An update, if there is one, in the disagreement between the Department of Personnel Administration and State Compensation Insurance Fund over an award for employees.
  • The looming Sept. 15 layoff date for folks in targeted general fund positions who received notices in May that their positions were subject to elimination.
  • More information on the upcoming CalPERS' board candidates forum that The Bee and PERSWatch are co-sponsoring the Wednesday at at the Dante Club on Fair Oaks Boulevard in Sacramento.

Personal note: Thanks to colleague Andrew McIntosh for feeding The State Worker last week while still juggling his other duties for The Bee. Job well done!

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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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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