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Furlough talk is familiar -- and scary -- to state workers
Sacramento Bee ^ | 12/23/8 | Bobby Caina Calvan and Robert Lewis

Posted on 12/23/2008 7:47:20 AM PST by SmithL

Elnora Fretwell, a state employee for two decades, has lived it before: furloughs, layoffs and IOUs.

"Every year, there seems to always be something," she said, her words flowing quickly, her voice reflecting frustration over the latest furlough proposals and a state budget crisis that just won't go away.

"It's Christmas. I have to pay my bills. I'd be taking a $300 to $400 pay cut. I've got a mortgage to pay," said Fretwell, a supervisor at the California State Teachers' Retirement System. "These furloughs? All of us are fair game."

She knows there's a $40 billion budget gap. She knows there won't be any easy solutions – not when the governor and legislators can't agree on the details needed to hammer out a spending plan.

But Fretwell didn't mince words: "We feel like pawns."

On Friday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered furloughs for most state employees – two days of unpaid time off every month, beginning Feb. 1 – and put state workers on notice that layoffs could be coming.

The governor's action was aimed at cutting up to 10 percent from the general fund payroll. Furloughs could save $1.3 billion over 17 months, while $2 billion could be saved annually by chopping employment by 10 percent.

It is unclear, though, how much Schwarzenegger's plan will actually save. State officials can't say how many of the more than 230,000 state employees will be exempted from furloughs.

Workers and union representatives also question the impact that cutting work time by 10 percent will have on their ability to provide services.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: furlough; godenstate; unions; yourtaxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 12/23/2008 7:47:20 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
Just increase taxes. Problem solved!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 12/23/2008 7:48:27 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SmithL

How many call in absent on a given day?


3 posted on 12/23/2008 7:49:28 AM PST by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: SmithL
She needs to get over it.

We the people, that pay her salary, have to deal with the same uncertainty every day.

4 posted on 12/23/2008 7:50:11 AM PST by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.)
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To: goldstategop

Gee, it’s reallllly tough being a “state worker.” Most of the government jobs I’m aware of have decent pay, predictable increases in salary, excellent benefits/pensions, and generous vacation/sick days.

Plus, how is what this guy’s going through new to people in the private sector?


5 posted on 12/23/2008 7:51:02 AM PST by Boiling Pots (The USA has become one huge pyramid scheme. Thanks George, John, Nancy and Harry.)
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To: goldstategop
Just increase taxes. Problem solved!

Tax increases stimulate the economy too!

6 posted on 12/23/2008 7:51:12 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Overproduction;, one of the five top worries of the American farmer.)
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To: Boiling Pots

You read every day about the private sector laying off thousands of workers - no furlough, no “cut in hours during the crisis.”

To the whiney state worker who “this isn’t supposed to happen to” - welcome to the NFL.


7 posted on 12/23/2008 7:53:27 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: SmithL
But Fretwell didn't mince words: "We feel like pawns."

No worries. She shouldn't have a hard time getting a job in the DPS (Dreaded Private Sector).

8 posted on 12/23/2008 7:54:59 AM PST by Aquinasfan (When you find "Sola Scriptura" in the Bible, let me know)
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To: SmithL
But Fretwell didn't mince words: "We feel like pawns."

Just think what the taxpayers feel like...

9 posted on 12/23/2008 8:01:08 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: SmithL
"Elnora Fretwell"

Yes she do.

10 posted on 12/23/2008 8:03:04 AM PST by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum)
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To: Right Cal Gal

My guess is the bulk of the salary dollars go to highly paid “administrators” and department heads who are generally appointed political hacks who do nothing except pull in high paying salaries and extravagant benefits at the taxpayer’s expense. Rank and file government beaurocrats generally receieve low salaries commensurate with expectations from them.


11 posted on 12/23/2008 8:03:34 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: justlurking

There will be a revolution...People with no pensions, health benefits, etc. are constantly asked to give up more of their hard earned money to support government workers extravagant retirement packages. Packages that the average private sector worker could only dream of. IT ISN’T FAIR and it has to end.


12 posted on 12/23/2008 8:03:48 AM PST by Hildy
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To: justlurking
We the people, that pay her salary, have to deal with the same uncertainty every day.

Indeed, I have no sympathy for people who live off of other peoples paychecks and produce nothing.

13 posted on 12/23/2008 8:09:22 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The tree of liberty is getting mighty dry)
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To: SmithL
Would you rather be fired than take a two day without pay vacation? If I could arrange it I would see that you are fired from you do-nothing Supervisors job. OBTW, hasn”t the Pension fund lost billions of dollars so far this year> There goes you incentive bonus>
14 posted on 12/23/2008 8:13:41 AM PST by supermop
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To: Hildy
Packages that the average private sector worker could only dream of.

They made their choice to go into the private sector years ago. It's not like government jobs are a new concept.

15 posted on 12/23/2008 8:28:54 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

“”It’s Christmas. I have to pay my bills. I’d be taking a $300 to $400 pay cut. I’ve got a mortgage to pay,” said Fretwell, a supervisor at the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. “These furloughs? All of us are fair game.””

Dear Ms. Fretwell,

Keep voting for Democrats and pretty soon you will be out of a job. One day you will wake up to learn that you were a useful idiot of the left.

Regards

EQ


16 posted on 12/23/2008 8:39:47 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("Control the information, you control the people.")
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To: goldstategop

It sure solved things in the 1930’s.


17 posted on 12/23/2008 8:53:44 AM PST by dbz77
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To: Balding_Eagle

The 1930’s were proof of this.


18 posted on 12/23/2008 8:54:05 AM PST by dbz77
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To: 2banana
But Fretwell didn't mince words: "We feel like pawns."
Just think what the taxpayers feel like...

You got that right. When I started work in 1982, my employer had over 65,000 employees in town. We are now down to less than 9,000. In the last ten years, we have had at least one layoff per year, often two. We already know that there will be more next year. It has been difficult for those who left. It has also been terribly difficult and depressing for those who remain. Who do people think generate the revenue to pay severance packages? The mantras in our workplace are "do more with less" and "take cost out of the system."

As we taxpayers experience this environment, expenditures at the federal, state, and municipal have risen steadily. Our co-pays and premiums for health insurance have risen at double digit rates while the unionized public workers have been immune to this. It's time for public employees to face the fact that the perfect storm of globalization and economic difficulties have changed the revenue stream that pays their salaries. Change is coming whether they like it or not. They can get on board and offer some concessions and know they got the best outcome possible given the circumstances. Or, they can dig in their heels and someone else will force the situation and I guarantee they won't like the outcome. One can say the same thing to the UAW too...

19 posted on 12/23/2008 8:56:41 AM PST by RochesterFan
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To: Bluegrass Conservative

That is true...but in the old days government jobs were lower paying, but the benefits were thought to make up for it. That’s no longer the case. Like a failing business, the entire model must be reevaluated.


20 posted on 12/23/2008 10:12:44 AM PST by Hildy
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To: Hildy
Really just depends on where you are, I guess. In Kentucky, the merit jobs (read: "non-political") still do not pay that great compared to the private sector. Benefits are good though.

The merit (read "political appointed") jobs pay better, but it's well-known that they are "at-will" and typically do not last longer than one administration.

21 posted on 12/23/2008 10:34:51 AM PST by Bluegrass Conservative
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