The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 15, 2009
Day 120: Has anyone lost work?

Today marks the 120th day after layoff warnings went out in May. In theory, the 5,000 general fund positions targeted for elimination in May are now going away and anyone caught still working in one of them will be shown the door.

About 60 days after the notices went out, 1,100 employees had either transferred or left state service, Department of Personnel Administration said in this July 22 The State Worker report.

You'll recall that right around that time, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered 2,000 more general fund jobs eliminated.

Click here for a flowchart and other information that outlines the state's layoff process. A few weeks ago, we published a breakdown of layoff targets by department issued by the administration. This blog post has a link to that layoff table, which includes projections for 10,000 and 12,000 job eliminations.

We have a call in to DPA to request the latest info on layoffs. We'll report ASAP when we hear back. What are you seeing and hearing where you work?

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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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