The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 25, 2013
The Roundup: Goodbye furloughs; state workers' paid to stay home

HA_newspapers3808.JPGThe State Worker: An ode to furloughs
It's the end of an era. After more than four years of on-and-off furloughs, most state workers' Aug. 1 paychecks for July will show full hours and pay for the first time since last summer. - The Sacramento Bee

State pays employees to go home
An investigative report by WRAL-TV has found that nearly 900 North Carolina state workers were sent home over the past two years while investigations were conducted into their conduct at work. While on leave, these workers collected a total of $1.7 million in salaries, reports the WRAL team. - Triangle Business Journal

DOC salaries too high? Private prisons pay much less
A letter from Colorado Senate Republicans spotlighting the salaries of roughly 4,000 Department of Corrections workers is drawing fire from the state employee union as well as Senate Democrats. - Pueblo Chieftan

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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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