The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 26, 2012
State employee furlough language back in CA budget

A new budget bill has restored language that would allow Gov. Jerry Brown to furlough state workers without an agreement with their unions.

SEIU Local 1000, the state's largest state employee union, tentatively accepted a deal Saturday to take 12 unpaid leave days over the next year, but Gov. Jerry Brown still is seeking agreements with other state worker bargaining units.

The bill could give Brown leverage in negotiating with unions that have not yet struck deals or with SEIU should the rank and file turn the deal down in Wednesday's membership vote.

The furlough language was introduced in Brown's proposed budget in May, but eliminated from the Legislature's initial 2012-2013 state budget. The State Worker previously reported that unions pushed Democrats to make the change, strengthening their position during negotiations with the administration.

The furlough language is back in the budget trailer bills, Senate Bill 1037 and Assembly Bill 1497, lawmakers are expected to consider Wednesday.

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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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