Governor Considers Additional State Worker Layoffs

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Schwarzenegger Administration says it may cut another two-thousand state jobs to cope with the budget crisis.  But an employee union disputes whether additional layoffs will save much money.

Capital Public Radio's Steve Shadley reports...

Secretary of the State Labor and Workforce Development Agency.  Vickie Bradshaw says each department is being asked to identify which positions could be cut before July 20th.    She says most of the jobs targeted are currently vacant.  She says any employees who’d receive pink slips would be encouraged to apply for other state jobs not paid for out of the general fund.  The latest cuts would be on top of the five-thousand state worker layoffs the governor calls for in his latest budget plan.
Cindie Fonseca is a spokeswoman with SEIU, one of the largest unions representing state workers.  She says the corrections department would probably suffer the most... 
“We have people who if they get laid off other people are going to have to work overtime.  So how does that save any money.  It doesn’t make any sense.  That’s what’s so frustrating.  So people are very, very upset and angry about what is happening...”
If the job cuts are approved, it would be the third round of layoffs this year.  SEIU has been pushing what it calls a “balanced” approach that includes spending cuts and tax hikes.  But, the governor and republicans refuse to increase taxes and democrats have backed off the issue as well.