The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 17, 2013
The Roundup: Unions lose holiday court fight; questions arise over donation to California state parks


California state worker unions lose ruling on loss of holidays
A Sacramento appellate court ruled Thursday that state workers covered by expired job contracts were not exempt from the state's elimination of two paid holidays.- The Sacramento Bee

Commentary: 'Nevada must be made whole'
As the 77th session of the Nevada Legislature nears its close, I invite my fellow Nevadans to learn about their state employees before the final votes are cast to determine the economic fate of state employees, their families, and their neighborhood businesses.- Elko Daily Free Press

State officials say parks fundraiser wrongly used cash
A private fundraising company hired to raise money for California state parks is accused of spending almost $1 million of a large donation on its own bills, an accusation it denies as legislators say they want more information.- News 10

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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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