The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 20, 2011
A.M. Reading: Corrections layoffs; states rethink retirement age; Greece turmoil continues

Thumbnail image for newspaper_5.gifThe State Worker: This time, California prison layoffs look real
Some employees who work for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation can't believe that their jobs in the state's prison and parole system are going away. (Sacramento Bee)

Pittsburgh and Harrisburg: A tale of two deep-in-debt cities
Four hours apart on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are linked not just by geography but also parallel financial woes that bring into view what happens when local governments fail to handle big bills and states get dragged into their mess. (

CalPERS renews contracts for $123bn equity portfolio
The board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System renewed the contracts of the 16 external managers responsible for its $123.3bn global equity portfolio. (Global Pensions)

Cop pensions stay undercover: court
A lawsuit by a good-government group seeking the names and annual pensions of New York City Police Pension Fund retirees was quashed by a panel of three Appellate Division judges yesterday, setting up a battle in the state's highest court. (New York Post)

Editorial: PEF state union must not waste second chance to save members' jobs
Members of the union for white-collar state employees have been granted a second chance to salvage the jobs of about 3,500 co-workers. They must not blow it again. (New York Daily News)

State suspends 120 on charges of abuse
ALBANY -- A dozen Buffalo-area state workers are among the 120 public employees statewide suspended for being suspected of abusing or neglecting developmentally disabled people under their care, state officials said Tuesday. (Buffalo News)

States Look To Increase Retirement Age, Change Benefits For State Workers
Across the country, state retirement pension funds are facing a $1 trillion shortfall, and that has many lawmakers looking to rewrite those retirement plans. This year, 14 states increased the retirement age. For example, in Massachusetts, the State Senate has already voted to raise the minimum age from 55 to 60 and the age for full retirement benefits from 65 to 67. Sixteen states also voted to change the rules this year, so that new, and in some cases current, state workers will have to chip in more for their pensions. (WBUR)

State employees' participation in wellness program is high
Early response indicates that an overwhelming majority of Oregon state workers will opt to participate in a controversial new wellness program, officials with the Public Employees' Benefit Board said Tuesday. (Statesman Journal)

Haslam Blasé about State Workers on Food Stamps
Gov. Bill Haslam was asked today to comment on the fact that nearly 1,000 state employees are on food stamps, and he didn't seem especially concerned. Talking to reporters, he offered no response to Tennessee State Employee Association demands that he do something about this embarrassment. (Nashville Scene)

Greek protesters clash with police in Athens after renewed austerity push
Greek protesters clashed with police in central Athens after Prime Minister George Papandreou vowed to push through a further round of austerity appealed to Europe to cut Greece's debt load at an Oct. 23 summit. (Washington Post)

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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