The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 15, 2009
One 'Furlough Friday' saves almost as much as three; governor pushes back

The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education today released, "The High Cost of Furloughs," a study that concludes that one furlough day per month would yield almost as much savings to the state as the current three "Furlough Fridays."

Here's a chart that lays out the argument:

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Click the link below to get the entire report and the response from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg held a press conference to tout the report just a day after the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes concluded that furlough savings at 24/7 facilities like prisons and hospitals is "illlusory." (Click here for more.)

Steinberg commissioned the Senate report, while UC Berkeley labor expert Ken Jacobs said that the senator became aware of "The High Cost of Furloughs" study as university researchers were asking questions and gathering data.

Click here for "The High Cost of Furloughs" press release and click this link for the full report.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office kept relatively quiet after Wednesday's Senate report, but today spokesman Aaron McLear pushed back with an e-mailed response that framed the issue in terms of fairness, Legislative inaction and unreasonable demands and undue influence of state worker unions.

Click here to view McLear's e-mail.

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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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