The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 27, 2009
A 'minimum wage' state workforce?

State worker Jim Hooben sent this e-mail in response to our reports about federal authorities' concern that furloughs have eroded California's Unemployment Insurance programs to an unacceptable degree.

Here's Hooben's e-mail, unedited and posted with his permission. He's speaking for himself, not his employer.

I work for EDD / Unemployment Insurance. I am mandated, not "authorized", to work 3 days per month that I am not paid for. I am compensated with Paid Time Off, on the assumption that I can get the time off. My ATM does not accept PTO, nor does my landlord, grocery store or gas station. I did not sign on to earn "time off", I signed on to earn money.

Under the current Administration, we are gravitating towards a "minimum wage" civil service corps. This, of course, will attract minimum wage management (we actually have that now), a minimum wage workforce and minimum wage productivity.

Have you ever been in a fast food restaurant during lunch time chaos with a twenty year old manager overseeing a minimum wage crew ? This is where we are heading.

Way to go Arnie! Go back to making "B" movies - that is the limit of your skills in management.

Jim Hooben
Chief Steward, DLC 793
SEIU Local 1000

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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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