State workers petition gov. to stop layoffs

June 19, 2009 6:21:26 PM PDT
State workers appealed to the governor Friday, urging him not to cut their pay or make new layoffs.

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Members of California's largest state employee union delivered 35,000 petition signatures to the governor's office Friday and plan to deliver more to his Brentwood home Saturday.

The governor is proposing to cut their pay another 5 percent and lay off 5,000 workers.

Ed hass works on it projects for the department of corrections and got one of those pink slips.

"They cut my salary 10 percent, now they say they might lay me off; how am I supposed to survive under those conditions," Hass said.

Union officials argue the governor should consider cutting part of the state's $34 billion in private vendor contracts but the governor's spokesman says much of the work being done by the vendors is work that state employees are unable to do.

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