The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 4, 2009
The latest on layoffs

Still no big layoffs in state government from what we can tell, despite the tough talk last summer.

"There are no new developments with layoffs," DPA spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley told The State Worker.

Meanwhile, SEIU Local 1000's Cindie Fonseca, gave us a list of Corrections layoffs planned for Bargaing Unit 1 administrative staff (26 layoffs), Bargaining Unit 3 teachers (642 layoffs) and Bargaining Unit 4 clerical and support (49 layoffs). Fonseca said that the BU 3 layoffs equal 45 percent of the Corrections employees in that job class.

Those layoffs would start around the first of the year, Fonseca said, and she's on the list.

We've called CDCR to confirm. We'll update this post or publish another when we hear back from them.

What's the takeaway from this? Have the usual moves -- eliminating vacant positions, transfers out of targeted jobs, and the like -- been exhausted? Are state workers facing real layoffs next year, especially if the economy doesn't improve and the state's tax revenues don't bounce back? Or is this yet another drill, despite what CDCR has told 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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