The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 6, 2011
State Fund's phone number consolidation draws staff snickers

State Compensation Insurance Fund, which is undergoing big changes statewide, is consolidating all of its public phone contacts to a single, easy-to-remember number: (888) STATEFUND.

The number has been around a while, but it wasn't used across California until now.

Some fund employees are chuckling over the switch, given an agency-wide consolidation that shut down some offices and forced some workers to choose between moving, dealing with longer commutes or even leaving State Fund entirely.

That's because, after the toll-free 888, you just need to dial the first seven letters.

We'll let the fund employee who flagged the number switch in an email take it from here:

"State Fund employees have recently noticed that when you dial it, the number is actually 'STATE FU.' (They're) not sure if this new number means that the executives have a sense of humour or just lacking in judgment. The new joke around State Fund is 'Are you worried about being laid off? Just call, 1-888-STATE F U.' "

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