February 18, 2009

California state workers layoff process begins

With budget negotiations stalled, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will begin the process of laying off thousands of state workers. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said Monday the administration will issue 20,000 notices to employees with the least seniority.

The governor had delayed releasing the notices Friday when it appeared lawmakers would pass a compromise plan to fill the state’s $42 billion shortfall. But a marathon weekend session has so far failed to produce the necessary votes.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

January 29, 2009

Schwarzenegger warns of layoffs if furloughs fail.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning state employees he will start issuing layoff notices if a court doesn’t let him force workers to take two unpaid days off a month — an action the state’s public employee unions argue he doesn’t have the authority to take.

A judge was scheduled to hear arguments Thursday on a lawsuit filed by state employee unions over Schwarzenegger’s furlough plan, which he estimates will save the state $1.4 billion this fiscal year.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

November 21, 2008

Big paydays for ex-state workers

According to San Jose Mercury News: “A California prison physician made $815,000 just by cashing out a career worth of unused vacation. A California Highway Patrol officer made $225,300.

Dozens of state workers took advantage of the perk that cost the state $174 million last year.

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