The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

February 8, 2013
The Roundup: Caltrans acknowledges testing flaws; lessons from Knox v. SEIU; states' pay and benefits

The Roundup: Caltrans acknowledges testing flaws; lessons from Knox v. SEIU; states' pay and benefits

Storified by Jon Ortiz· Fri, Feb 08 2013 07:26:00

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Caltrans experts, despite testing problems, say structures are safe - The Sacramento BeeAn analysis from a team of California Department of Transportation experts, released Thursday after more than a year of preparation, conf...
Are Government Layoffs the Problem? - Room for DebateAndré da Loba As the economy continues its slow, fitful recovery, the private sector has added hundreds of thousands of jobs. But state, ...
Justice(s) at WorkThis column is prompted by the eye-catching headline that appeared two weeks ago: "Share of the Work Force in a Union Falls to a 97-Year ...
The State Worker: Basic numbers go missing in state bureaucracy - The Sacramento BeeYou would think that a multibillion-dollar enterprise could do the basic stuff, like track how many employees answer to the boss or where...
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Lawmakers Put Money Where Mouths Are(Carson City, NV) - Nevada lawmakers are showing solidarity with state workers who've been forced to take pay cuts. The Senate and Assemb...
Budget includes $33M to train corrections officers, state policeBy fall 2014, Michigan could have more than 100 new State Police troopers and nearly 800 new corrections officers, based on budget recomm...
Senate approves raise for Minnesota state employeesMore than 35,000 Minnesota state employees are a step closer to receiving a 2 percent across-the-board pay raise retroactive to Jan. 2. T...
Utah guv wants to add state employees to Avenue H exchangeUtah Gov. Gary Herbert wants all state employees - an estimated 22,000 workers, plus their dependents - to shop for health coverage on Av...

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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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