The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 23, 2013
The Roundup: Controversial hold on video; Ore. contracts; Vernon pension fight

Caught on camera: State worker fired for dangerous restraint of teenage girl
Security-camera footage from the Iowa Juvenile Home shows a state worker dragging a 17-year-old girl out of a chair and pinning her, doubled over, to the floor where he holds her for eight minutes in a position that can cause asphyxiation. - Des Moines Register

Many labor contracts unfinished, state says
Nearly 6,000 state employees still have contracts being negotiated, now that the state's Department of Administrative Services has reached tentative agreements with its two largest unions. - Statesman Journal

Top public pension earner sues Vernon after CalPERS cuts his benefit
The man who was granted California's biggest public pension isn't giving it up without a fight. - Los Angeles Times

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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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