The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 28, 2010
Eight departments exempt from Schwarzenegger's furloughs

As we've just reported, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has issued a new executive order that requires state employees take three furlough days per month until lawmakers enact a 2010-11 budget.

The order exempts the following departments:

California Highway Patrol
California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection (CalFIRE)
Franchise Tax Board
Board of Equalization
Employment Development Department
State Compensation Insurance Fund
California Housing Finance Authority
California Earthquake Authority

It also excludes Bargaining Units 12, 16, 18 and 19, which along with unions representing CHP officers and state firefighters, recently reached tentative agreements with Schwarzenegger.

Click here to read the executive order.

VIDEO CREDIT: Dino Gomez, a California state worker with the Department of General Services, reacts to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order to start three days of furloughs a month starting Sunday. Video by Hector Amezcua/

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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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