The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 15, 2013
The Roundup: Pension fears prompt state worker exits; furloughs in OK; climate change and pensions

State workers face furloughs
Nearly 400 Oklahoma state employees could be furloughed this week because of the federal budget impasse, Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday - Tulsa World

State Appeals Ruling On Public Worker Layoffs To U.S. Supreme Court
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a court ruling that said former Gov. John G. Rowland's administration violated state employees' constitutional rights when it laid off 2,800 workers based on their union membership in 2003. - Associated Press/CBS Connecticut

Climate and Pension Activists Should Unite
... Climate activists rightfully demonize certain oil and coal companies blocking action on climate change. In this case, the demons are state legislators who don't act on CalSTRS's request because they know the cliff won't be reached during their terms in office. Even more cynically, this year California's legislators patted themselves on the back for a budget they claimed had a surplus but only because they ignored CalSTRS's request. - Huffington Post

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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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