If you missed it, be sure to check out Bee colleague Anita Creamer's Labor Day report on the impact of furloughs on some state workers. A few excerpts:
In one state Department of Social Services office in Sacramento, managers have mobilized, setting up an informal food pantry to help employees having trouble making ends meet, according to a union official.
It's hitting Isabel AviÃ±a, 58, an office tech for the Department of Consumer Affairs since 1988.
A single mother, she went on welfare briefly in the early 1980s - but as she plugged along through college and into the state work force, she was determined never again to ask for a handout. She bought a modest house in Sacramento's Valley Hi neighborhood, and she made sure she paid her bills on time.
Then came the furloughs. AviÃ±a, as well, found herself in line at River City Food Bank late in August.
Renee Lee, 52, a Franchise Tax Board employee and a shop steward for SEIU, is raising her 5-year-old granddaughter. She hasn't yet hit the food banks, but she's considering it.
"I have to feed this girl," Lee said. "I'll feed her, and I won't eat."
Her south Sacramento house is in foreclosure because of her reduced paycheck, she said.
In this Labor Day column, The Bee's Dan Walters led with this observation:
This is not a celebratory Labor Day for California's workers, and that includes government employees who believed that labor contracts and civil service rules gave them bulletproof job protection.
In other news: The Wall Street Journal on Friday ran a furlough roundup story. And The Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Mont., notes that The Big Sky State is a bright spot in what can be a pretty gloomy national picture for state budgets.
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