The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 4, 2010
Controller's office will follow governor's furlough order, unless...

100803 chaing july 2010 amezcua.jpgUPDATE, 1:20 p.m.: SEIU Local 1000 attorneys are planning to ask Alameda Superior Court Judge Steven Brick to issue a temporary restraining order on Monday that would stop Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order. The union is suing to stop furloughs of its members who work in "special fund" departments.

As we reported Tuesday, CalPERS has asked State Controller John Chiang to continue issuing full pay to its 2,300 or so employees, despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's new furlough order.

Here's what SCO spokesman Jacob Roper said when we asked whether Chiang would honor CalPERS' request or the governor's order:

"It is our intention to implement the pay letter, pending judicial determination, as there is a hearing on the special fund cases next week."

PHOTO: Controller John Chiang answers a question during an interview at The Bee's Capitol Bureau in July. Hector Amezcua / Sacramento Bee.

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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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