The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 11, 2013
The Roundup: CalPERS delays database; Oregon pay hike; California hiring to help feds

CalPERS holds off on launching pension database Amid an outcry from worried retirees, a lawsuit threat and talk of legislative action, CalPERS on Wednesday delayed plans to launch a website that would disclose pensioners' names, their retirement allowances and other public pension information. - The Sacramento Bee

State workers may see double-digit pay raises
Oregon state employees would receive pay increases of 8.7 percent to 15.4 percent under the current contract offer from the state's Department of Administrative Services, according to a memo DAS Director Michael Jordan sent to agency heads on Wednesday. - The Statesman Journal

Calif. hiring state workers to help VA with claims
California is moving to help the federal government cut the backlog of veterans' disability claims with a new law creating a 36-member state strike force to help the Veterans Affairs Department process claims. - Military Times

The State Worker: Water department worker becomes published author
She's a second-generation state worker who has endured a decade of insecurity, a cubicle dweller who writes about fantastic worlds, an 8-to-5er who wakes up inspired to create at 4 a.m. Now, after years of frustration and fighting self-doubt, Stacy Garrett is a published author. - The Sacramento Bee

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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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