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  • White House won't say if Obama kept promise to return 5% of his salary

    05/20/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 17 replies
    Daily Mirror ^ | 20 May 14 | Joseph Weber
    790 shares 100 View comments President Barack Obama pledged in the spring of 2013 to give back 5 per cent of his $400,000 salary in solidarity with federal government workers who were expected to lose an average of two weeks' pay because of automatic budget cuts – known in Washington parlance as a 'sequester.' A year later, however, it's not clear that he made good on his $20,000 promise. Mr. and Mrs. Obama's 2013 tax return, which the White House published last month, shows an adjusted gross income of $481,098. The couple claimed $147,769 in itemized deductions, but no line-item...
  • Furloughs Alter Routines for President’s Staff

    10/04/2013 5:16:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 3, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    WASHINGTON — Shortly before the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, a small group of top White House officials huddled in the West Wing for what turned out to be a discussion of critical importance: how to run the place. They listened as soon-to-be-furloughed junior staff members showed them how to send a news release, issue a proclamation and distribute daily reports of President Obama’s activities. One crucial piece of information was how to clear someone through the security gates for Oval Office appointments. “I didn’t know how to do that before Monday night,” said Josh Earnest, the...
  • Shutdown will furlough more than 1,600 DM civilian workers

    10/01/2013 10:37:18 AM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies
    Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will immediately furlough 1,604 civilian employees and scale back some base services as a result of the shutdown. The remaining 1,782 civilian workers and all military personnel will continue to perform their normal duties. The civilians won’t be paid until after the federal impasse is resolved. But all active-duty military will keep getting their paychecks on time, due to a last-minute bill signed late Monday by President Obama to ensure military pay continues during the shutdown. D-M gate hours won’t change. However, services that relied on furloughed employees will have to be changed to reflect a...
  • Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

    09/27/2013 6:52:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 27, 2013 5:27 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays. These would be just some of the effects of a government shutdown that could furlough as many as 800,000 of the nation’s 2.1 million federal workers. It could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running. …
  • Inhofe: ‘Military Has No Money Left’ for Syria

    08/30/2013 7:24:34 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 28 Aug 13 | Niels Lesniewski
    The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee announced Wednesday he opposed military intervention in Syria unless he finds more money for the Defense budget and details a broader strategy. “Today I told the Administration that I cannot support military action in Syria unless the President presents to Congress his broader strategy in the region that addresses our national security interests and the budget to support it. President Obama has decimated our military beginning with his first budget four and a half years ago. He has underfunded overseas contingency operations (OCO) fund, reduced base defense budget, and put...
  • Furloughs sending civilians packing (Military civilian medical workers quitting)

    08/28/2013 6:27:39 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 28 Aug 13 | Gregg Zoroya
    Nearly 3,400 military medical workers quit this year in the months when furloughs were threatened or being carried out because of spending cuts known as sequestration. The vast majority of those losses were with Army medical facilities. Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, the Army's surgeon general, says one out of 20 of her civilian medical doctors, nurses and other health workers -- or 2,700 out of 42,000 civilian health employees -- left their jobs for work elsewhere. She said departing staffers included highly skilled clinicians, scientists, researchers and other health workers. Eighteen percent were doctors and nurses, her staff says. Medical...
  • Pentagon's Dire Budget Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears

    08/02/2013 3:43:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 13 replies ^ | 1 Aug 13 | Brendan McGarry
    Relatively few lawmakers turned out today to hear Pentagon officials warn that ongoing budget cuts would bring widespread changes to the military and limit its strategic goals. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the House Armed Services Committee to discuss the potential impacts, which were detailed in an assessment released yesterday known in military parlance as the Strategic Choices and Management Review, or SCMR (pronounced "skimmer"). In the worst-case scenario, the Pentagon may have to cut 142,000 more active-duty soldiers and Marines, three carrier strike groups...
  • Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says furloughs here to stay this year: '2013 is over' (Video)

    07/19/2013 3:48:50 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 26 replies
    Alabama dot com ^ | 18 July 13 | Leada Gore
    Furlough is here to stay for 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said this week, ending the hopes of those who thought the Pentagon might yet cancel or lower the number of days of unpaid leave workers are scheduled to take through the end of the fiscal year. "We're going to have the furlough... situation until the end of 2013. 2013 is over," Hagel told attendees at a town hall meeting at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. "2014 begins Oct. 1. If sequestration continues, which as you all know is the law of the land, that probably we'd see that...
  • Walter Reed furloughs: Sequestration mainly to blame, notice says

    06/16/2013 5:16:14 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 22 replies
    ABC News 7 ^ | 3 Jun 13 | None listed
    "Extraordinary and serious budgetary challenges" are being cited as the reason that thousands of employees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center are being furloughed this summer, according to a letter sent to employees. The letter, which was obtained by Federal News Radio, directly blames budget cuts related to sequestration as the reason that more than 3,500 civilian workers at both Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital will take up to 11 unpaid days off. "The Department of Defense will need funding in other accounts that can be used to provide the warfighters with what they need to protect...
  • Napolitano to give pay to charity

    04/04/2013 1:15:37 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 26 replies
    Add Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to the growing list of senior administration officials returning some of their pay as employees face furloughs. Napolitano will donate five percent of her salary to foundations that benefit department personnel, a spokesperson told POLITICO. The State Department made a similar announcement about Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday and Attorney General Eric Holder will give back
  • Senate votes to end furloughs of air traffic controllers

    04/25/2013 9:16:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/25/13 | Ashley Halsey III and Lori Montgomery
    The Senate took the first step toward circumventing sequestration Thursday night with a bipartisan vote that would put furloughed air traffic controllers back on the job. The House is expected to take up the measure Friday, and the White House has promised to consider any bill which it receives. The Senate vote came in response to passengers angered this week by long delays at several major airports. If the Senate bill wins House approval and is signed into law by President Obama, the furloughed controllers are not expected to return to work before Saturday
  • Jay Carney on furloughs and flight delays: Hey, don’t say we didn’t warn you (About Sequestration)

    04/24/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/24/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Yes, you also warned us that we wouldn’t have meat inspections and that children would be denied vaccinations, remember? During Tuesday’s briefing, after the news from the FAA that employee furloughs were starting to cause flight delays (watch the vid at RCP): I find it fascinating that Mitch McConnell, the leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, is decrying the sequester that he decried in the past and then supported. This is a result of the sequester being implemented. We made it clear that there would be these kinds of negative effects if Congress failed to take reasonable action...
  • Will flight delays stir up ire against sequester?

    04/23/2013 5:12:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 47 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 23 Apr 13 | Patrik Jonsson
    Rolling flight delays. Cancellations. Heavy sighs and grim smirks in packed airport concourses. Has the sequester, Washington’s much-debated automatic spending cut package, finally landed? In response to the sequester deal struck by President Obama and Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration this weekend began to furlough its entire 47,000-person workforce (including 13,000 air traffic controllers) to abide by some $637 billion in automatic spending cuts that have to be made by October. The cutbacks mean each employee has to stay at home, unpaid, one day every other week. The furloughs had an immediate impact on travel on Monday, contributing to two-hour...
  • First furloughs hit Congress

    04/10/2013 5:09:30 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 19 replies
    WSB radio ^ | 4 Apr 13 | Jamie Dupree
    As federal departments and agencies deal with automatic budget cuts and the possibility of furloughs for federal workers, those forced pay cuts have now arrived on Capitol Hill, as Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) became the first lawmaker to officially announce staff furloughs due to the $85 billion sequester. "Begich’s staff began mandatory furloughs in mid-March and more than half of his staff will experience a cut in their salary this year," said a press release issued by Begich's office on Wednesday. The same release also said that Begich would be returning some of his salary to the Treasury to match...
  • State workers to say bye-bye to furloughs in July 2014 [NV]

    04/02/2013 10:50:27 AM PDT · by redreno · 3 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 10:34 a.m. | By Andrew Doughman (contact)
    State employees will no longer have to take unpaid furlough days, starting in July 2014, Gov. Brian Sandoval said. The governor’s original budget had provided for decreasing furlough days from six to three per year for the next two years. An amended plan calls for three furlough days between July 1 and June 30, 2014, and no furlough days between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. That means state employees will work and collect pay for nine more days than they worked under the current, two-year state budget.
  • ‘Saturday Night Live’ on the sequester (video)

    03/04/2013 8:31:36 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 3, 2013 | Chris Cillizza
    Even the White House is feeling the squeeze from the across-the-board cuts in federal spending. “From now on, my wife, Michelle, will only do four television appearances a week,” says “President Obama.”
  • Looks like the Sequester Is Going to Happen (Update from Federal Worker)

    02/27/2013 7:26:14 PM PST · by ducttape45 · 153 replies
    N/A | 2/27/2013 | Ducttape45
    Elections have consequences. I won't say what military base I work at,but today my office was briefed about the impending sequestration. There were a few interesting points to come out of the meeting. 1. You have to take at least 8 hours a week LWOP (leave without pay). You cannot use sick or annual leave on those days off. You cannot take more then 30 hours a week because then you'd be able to apply for unemployment and the federal government is ensuring we can't utilize that avenue to supplement our income. So they take us but prevent us from...
  • Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service

    02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sara Carter
    Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service • As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say. Homeland Security issued its first agency-wide memorandum late last week preparing for sequestration, the sweeping automatic budget cuts set to take effect as early as March 1 under a prior deal between the White House and Congress to...
  • Furloughs end, but layoffs remain a possibility

    08/25/2011 10:05:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 8/25/11 | Jon Ortiz
    First, the good news for state workers: Next month about 25,000 of you return to steady full hours and full pay for the first time in 31 months. Now the bad: Layoffs are coming – the real kind, where real people go to the unemployment line. Roughly 200,000 state workers have been without full wages and work since former GOP Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Legislature started twice-monthly furloughs in February 2009. Then they added a third day a few months later. One unpaid day equals about a 5 percent pay cut. Last summer four unions representing those 25,000 operating...
  • Texas Senate passes bill allowing teacher furloughs, pay cuts

    06/07/2011 6:13:23 PM PDT · by TLI · 3 replies
    Ft. Worth Star Telegram ^ | June 6, 2011 | Dave Montgomery and Shirley Jinkins
    AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate approved legislation Monday to allow school districts to furlough personnel and reduce teachers' salaries as parents and educators sounded off against $4 billion in state education cuts in a phone-in town hall meeting. Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, chairwoman of the Education Committee, said SB8, approved by an 18-12 vote, would give school districts more flexibility to respond to budget constraints without firing teachers. More controversial measures moving through the Texas House would enlarge class sizes and eliminate a long-standing minimum salary schedule for teachers.
  • 42 furlough days ordered for L.A. workers who rejected labor deal

    04/28/2011 8:09:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/28/11 | David Zahniser
    Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday ordered his managers to impose 42 furlough days on city employees in four union groups after those workers rejected his proposal for cutting the budget shortfall. Employee groups representing more than 6,300 full-time workers voted against the labor agreement that the mayor negotiated last month with leaders of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. Balloting finished Tuesday. The deal with the coalition was supposed to save $69 million in the coming fiscal year. Villaraigosa had promised employees who made a series of concessions — including a 4% reduction in pay and the postponement...
  • Are unions and Jerry Brown in final throes of furlough fight?

    04/14/2011 8:18:09 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 4/14/11 | Jon Ortiz
    After more than two years and $1.6 million spent on outside lawyers and court costs, it looks like the state's epic furlough court battle with the unions will end like a fistfight between brothers: a final flurry followed by a respectful handshake. Gov. Jerry Brown inherited furloughs from his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, but he hated the policy. Sure, the program cut more than $3 billion in payroll expenses, but Brown administration officials think it cost more than that in lost efficiency and damaged employee morale. So what to do? The answer, it appears, is fight a little longer and then...
  • The State Worker: Furloughs about to become Brown's headache

    12/16/2010 8:24:52 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 12/16/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Unhappy anniversary, state workers. Two years ago this Sunday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued his first furlough order. On Jan. 3, the policy becomes a political and legal headache for incoming Gov. Jerry Brown. It's tempting for state workers to think Brown is their furlough salvation. Unions backed his gubernatorial run. As attorney general, he didn't furlough Justice staff members, citing the office's independence. His campaign blasted furloughs as "a temporary solution to a permanent problem." Back then Brown said, if elected, he'd seek to settle furlough lawsuits: "Litigation is always hazardous, so good-faith settlement talks should never be excluded." Here's...
  • CALIFORNIA: State high court to post furlough decision Monday

    10/01/2010 12:28:26 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    SACRAMENTO -- The California Supreme Court will rule next week about whether the governor has authority to furlough state workers. Government employee unions are challenging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order. . . .
  • 'Missed Monday' costs DMV workers

    09/13/2010 7:57:25 AM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/13/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    Heads are rolling at the Department of Motor Vehicles' San Francisco office over the "Missed Monday" we told you about a couple of weeks back. In all, 19 of the Fell Street office's 34 staffers were no-shows Aug. 23 - the Monday that followed a forced "Furlough Friday" without pay. The mass no-shows created a huge backup at the office, with the lines going around the block. Sources tell us that two of the "ringleaders" have been canned and seven others with histories of taking unauthorized days off have been suspended for 15 days without pay. Ten first-time offenders were...
  • CALIFORNIA: Furloughs get their day in court

    09/08/2010 7:45:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/8/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Union and government lawyers square off before California's Supreme Court today to debate whether Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger illegally ordered unpaid days off for more than 200,000 state workers. Legal experts say the court's decision will likely affect the 40 or so lawsuits filed since the governor's first furlough order in December 2008. Twice-monthly "Furlough Fridays" started in February 2009. Schwarzenegger added a third monthly furlough day that July. State legislators agreed to budget fixes that assumed about $3 billion in savings so far from furloughs, about half of that from the general fund. Each furlough day equaled about $61 million...
  • Richardson: No Furloughs Necessary (NM)

    09/01/2010 12:43:41 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | September 1, 2010 | Dan Boyd
    Gov. Bill Richardson has announced furloughs and layoffs will be avoided in the latest round of state budget-cutting, which takes effect today. Richardson's office just sent out a news release in which the two-term Democratic governor said he'll use $1.4 million in federal stimulus money under his control to help executive and judicial branch agencies avoid furloughs.
  • Some DMV workers extend their furlough

    08/25/2010 7:48:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/25/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    We've all heard of Furlough Fridays - well, at the San Francisco office of the Department of Motor Vehicles, they had a "Missing Monday" when nearly two-thirds of the staffers didn't show up. In all, 20 of the 34 staffers at the Fell Street DMV office who had been forced to take Friday off without pay took Monday off as well. DMV spokesman Armando Botello said the department had to bring in workers from other jurisdictions to help out with the "higher than usual absences." Naj Alikhan of the Service Employees International Union, which represents the workers, said he hadn't...
  • State Worker Furloughs to Resume ("Furlough Friday's" in California..)

    08/20/2010 6:37:39 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    ABC News - Los Angeles ^ | August 18, 2010 | AP via ABC News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Supreme Court says furloughs of state workers can resume while it reviews whether governors have the authority to mandate unpaid days off. The announcement Wednesday was a victory for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has sought to save the state money by imposing another round of furloughs. Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear says furloughs for about 150,000 state workers will begin Friday.
  • State worker furloughs are back on, for now

    08/18/2010 5:42:42 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 8/18/10 | Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The state Supreme Court allowed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to resume unpaid furloughs of 144,000 state employees for three days a month, starting this Friday, while it reviews his authority to do so. The justices on Wednesday suspended an Alameda County judge's order last week that blocked the furloughs. Superior Court Judge Steven Brick had said there were serious questions about the governor's power to cut employee workweeks on his own, and that the workers would suffer hardships from what amounts to a 15 percent pay cut.The furloughs can now resume until the court decides the legality of...
  • Union protests Schwarzenegger's furlough order at theater

    08/14/2010 9:47:58 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/14/10 | Queenie Wong
    A line of purple filled a Sacramento sidewalk Friday evening as state workers protested Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's latest furlough order outside a theater showing his latest movie. About 100 members of Service Employees International Union Local 1000, wearing their signature purple shirts, marched outside the Century Stadium 14's showing of "The Expendables," the Sylvester Stallone film in which the governor makes a cameo appearance. Union members chanted, "Schwarzenegger is expendable, we are dependable," and "California, can't you see, Arnold is a bad movie." A few cars honked in support. "I hope we can hurt Schwarzenegger the way he's hurt us,"
  • Schwarzenegger orders government worker furloughs (37,000 Union workers are exempt)

    07/28/2010 6:10:44 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 9 replies
    AP News ^ | 07/28/2010 | AP News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday brought back furloughs for thousands of state workers until California passes a budget that addresses a $19 billion deficit. Schwarzenegger released a new executive order requiring state workers to take three unpaid days off per month starting in August. State workers were furloughed a total of 46 days when Schwarzenegger issued a similar order in February 2009, which translated to a pay cut of about 14 percent. Those furloughs just ended in June. SNIP It also exempts about 37,000 workers in six unions that recently reached tentative labor agreements with the administration....
  • Schwarzenegger orders more furloughs

    07/28/2010 12:23:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 7/28/10 | Jon Ortiz
    Less than one month after ending furloughs for about 200,000 state workers, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning brought back a scaled-down version of the policy, effective Sunday. The governor made the decision this week after Controller John Chiang said that unless lawmakers enacted a budget soon, the state's cash would go into the red by October. Chiang said he'll start issuing IOUs in August or September to conserve funds as long as possible. "We have a fiscal crisis," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said this morning as he explained the new furlough order. "We're doing what we have to do to...
  • Brown and Whitman Take a Policy Furlough

    07/25/2010 8:21:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | July 25, 2010 | Debra J. Saunders
    Click here to find out more! Today's question is: Why have both major candidates for California governor -- Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Meg Whitman -- failed to endorse the governor's authority to furlough state workers? How do you build a house without a hammer? Here's the situation. The governor can't just snap his fingers and cut the size of state government to close a budget shortfall. His hands are tied. He has to honor collective bargaining, abide by a complex array of employment rules, justify his decisions in court and deliver mandated services. The governor also has to sell...
  • Many state gov't offices shuttered Monday for furloughs (Washington's Health Care Authority?)

    07/09/2010 6:26:55 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies · 1+ views
    KOMO News ^ | 7/09/10
    Many state gov't offices shuttered Monday for furloughsBy KOMO Staff Story Updated: Jul 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM PDT Many state government offices and services will come to a grinding halt on Monday. As a budget-cutting move, four dozen state agencies, boards and commissions will be closed for a furlough day. Under a new law, some state employees will take 10 unpaid days off work over the next year. Agencies had the option of coming up with their own plans to save the same amount of money. Earlier this month a judge refused to block the furloughs while a lawsuit...
  • New York: Legislature Approves 100,000 Furloughs; Judge Blocks Action After Union Protest

    05/13/2010 11:38:30 AM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 810+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-13-2010 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Showdown in New York: Legislature Approves 100,000 Furloughs; Judge Blocks Action After Union Protest Mike "Mish" Shedlock May. 13, 2010, 1:51 PM On May 10, in response to a fiscal crisis, and at the request of New York Governor David Paterson, the New York Legislature approved the furlough of 100,000 state workers. Despite their strong objections, New York lawmakers voted to approve unprecedented furloughs for state workers to contend with a fiscal crisis, as thousands of workers rallied against furloughs across the state. The crowd of New York State workers chanted "We will remember in September," over and over again...
  • APNewsBreak: Judge halts NY state worker furloughs

    05/12/2010 3:11:35 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 39 replies · 1,287+ views
    hosted ^ | May 12
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A federal judge has blocked New York's governor from imposing furloughs on about 100,000 state workers.
  • Legislature tries to end Calif employee furloughs

    03/08/2010 8:58:20 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 100+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/8/10 | CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press Writer
    The California Legislature approved a Democratic bill Monday aimed at ending three-day-a-month furloughs for nearly 80,000 state employees. However, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to veto the measure. "The governor cannot support any measure that would limit the state's ability to respond to a fiscal emergency," Schwarzenegger's spokesman Aaron McLear said. The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would reverse some of the 200,000 state employee furloughs imposed by Schwarzenegger.
  • Court: No full pay for correctional officers for now [California]

    01/15/2010 7:49:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 389+ views
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 1/15/10 | Jon Ortiz
    The 1st District Court of Appeal has sided with the governor. For now, Judge Frank Roesch's order to restore full pay to correctional officers for time worked is stayed pending more arguments. From the court's Web site: Appellant, the Governor of the State of California, has a filed a petition for writ of supersedeas and request for a temporary stay seeking the stay of a writ of mandate addressing his furlough of certain correctional officers. . . .
  • You win some ... { Schwarzenegger to appeal Furlough ruling}

    01/05/2010 6:22:32 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 577+ views
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 1/5/10 | Wyatt Buchanan
    State workers were buoyed last week when an Alameda County judge ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger acted illegally when furloughing tens of thousands of workers -- but the administration is not backing down. Not only will the governor appeal, but if he loses it could be even worse for workers. At a weekly press briefing this morning, Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said, "If SEIU and unions are successful at blocking the governor's ability to do furloughs, they will have been successful in guaranteeing layoffs and pay cuts for their members."SEIU Local 1000 is the largest state worker union, and them's...
  • If furloughs go, state workers fear layoffs could be next

    01/02/2010 12:54:23 PM PST · by SmithL · 60 replies · 2,053+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/2/10 | Andrew McIntosh and Steve Wiegand
    Tens of thousands of state workers began the new year Friday unsure whether to be happy about the prospect of a bigger paycheck in 2010 – or fear the prospect of a pink slip. The uncertainty emanates from decisions handed down Thursday in three cases challenging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's decision last year to furlough about 200,000 state workers three days a month – tantamount to a 14 percent pay cut. Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that the governor's "emergency" actions, designed to help stem the state's flood of budgetary red ink, were legally flawed, although he did not...
  • Judge Blocks Furloughs in California

    12/31/2009 8:01:35 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 16 replies · 948+ views
    N.Y. Times ^ | 12/31/09
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A California judge on Thursday ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger abused his discretion in ordering furloughs of state workers, dealing a blow to his administration’s efforts to cope with California’s fiscal crisis. The judge, Frank Roesch of Alameda County Superior Court, said the administration must halt the furloughs for workers represented by three unions, including Service Employees International Union Local 1000, which represents 95,000 state employees.Judge Roesch ruled against Mr. Schwarzenegger’s furlough orders on two fronts: He said the administration could not take the action against employees in so-called special fund agencies, or those that receive money...
  • State Worker: Furlough endgame is hard to play

    12/24/2009 7:40:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 699+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 12/24/9 | Jon Ortiz
    So now it's out: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to whack $1.6 billion from the state's payroll to help close a $14.4 billion budget gap in fiscal 2010-11. Although he's said the furloughs would expire on June 30, the end of the 2009-10 fiscal year, The Bee has reported that the governor will push back the expiration date. What might change that? The state's economy roars back. Forget it. The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office said last month that the state is already down $6.3 billion this year, plus the $14.4 billion next year. California will be strapped for several more years,...
  • The State Worker: Public even notice 20% cut in work time?

    11/05/2009 7:58:50 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 506+ views
    SacBee: State Worker ^ | 11/5/9 | Jon Ortiz
    Welcome to California government, 80 percent-style. This is the first of 12 weeks in a row that the state will shut down every Friday. Between unpaid furlough days and paid holidays off, most California civil servants won't work a five-day week again until Jan. 29. But how much will the public notice – or care? We've had nine months to adjust to a part-time state government. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger started furloughing workers two days per month in February and upped it to three "Furlough Fridays" in July. Meanwhile, the public's most acute fiscal pain is closer to home. "Cities, counties,...
  • SEIU releases list of offices impacted by Columbus Day actions [California]

    10/15/2009 2:06:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies · 577+ views
    sacbee ^ | October 15, 2009
    SEIU Local 1000 put out a list of DMV operations it said were affected by short staffing on Columbus Day Click here to view it. DMV says the list overstates what happened on Columbus Day. Less than 8 percent of DMV's 9000 employees "followed the union," department spokesman Mike Marando told The State Worker. (Worth noting: About 5,000 DMV employees are SEIU-covered). He said that of the 45 listed by the union as opening late, "only two delayed opening for one to two hours." Those were offices in Los Angeles and Compton. Four other operations shut down for the day:...
  • Rhode Island government to shut down state government for 12 days

    08/25/2009 9:50:03 AM PDT · by thought · 44 replies · 2,705+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don Carcieri proposed Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue. The shutdown would force 81 percent of the roughly 13,550-member state work force, excluding its college system, to stay home a dozen days without pay before the start of the new fiscal year in July. The closures come as the worst recession in decades has eliminated hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections and pushed...
  • RI gov to shut down state government for 12 days

    08/24/2009 7:56:57 PM PDT · by Truthsearcher · 14 replies · 640+ views
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island will shut down its state government for 12 days and trim millions of dollars in funding for local governments under a plan Gov. Don Carcieri proposed Monday to balance a budget hammered by surging unemployment and plummeting tax revenue. The shutdown would force 81 percent of the roughly 13,550-member state work force, excluding its college system, to stay home a dozen days without pay before the start of the new fiscal year in July....
  • University of California chief warns unions not to fight furloughs

    08/21/2009 12:44:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 620+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/21/9 | Laurel Rosenhall
    When University of California President Mark Yudof announced a massive furlough plan last month, the idea was that almost all UC employees would have their salaries reduced this year by taking some days off without pay. But a third of UC's 180,000 employees haven't faced the furloughs yet. They're represented by about a dozen labor unions that are fighting Yudof's plan. Speaking Thursday to the Sacramento Press Club, Yudof said UC's unionized workers received 4 percent raises this year, while non-union employees are taking pay cuts ranging from 4 to 10 percent. He said the university would lay off some...
  • Prince George's Furloughs Violated U.S. Constitution, Judge Rules (Maryland)

    08/21/2009 10:34:42 AM PDT · by Hawk720 · 27 replies · 1,153+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Jonathan Mummolo and Maria Glod
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Prince George's County violated the U.S. Constitution when it furloughed 5,900 workers in the last fiscal year, a decision that could force the county to repay millions in wages in the midst of a crippling economic downturn. The ruling, which the county plans to appeal, has the potential to upend a key Prince George's strategy for combating deficits. A county spokesman said in a statement that the decision would result in "massive layoffs" if it stands. "As a result of this [economic] crisis, the county made a difficult decision to furlough its employees for...
  • Federal Judge declares Maryland's forced Furloughs unconstitutional. Violates contract.

    08/19/2009 5:53:46 AM PDT · by John.Galt2012 · 14 replies · 1,149+ views
    Star Bulletin | 19 August 2009 | Richard Borreca
    Story found at wusa9 website. Excerpt not allowed.