The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 16, 2009
In the news: Courts closed today; pension debate "twists" reality

California's trial courts are closed today, the first of 10 "Wageless Wednesdays" for court staff approved by the state's Judicial Council, which operates the system.

We have other state worker news and opinion pieces available under our "Recommended Links" section on the right side of this page.

One of them is an op-ed by the head of a Florida public pension trustees association that says the debate over defined benefit retirement plans has been incorrectly framed: "... "... we don't need fewer defined benefit plans, but more of them."

The piece includes this chart, which compares the public and private sector wages in about four dozen categories. All but four public jobs lagged their private sector counterparts, according to the survey. The average difference was nearly 26 percent.

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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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