The State Personnel Board’s more aggressive pursuit of hiring shenanigans and promotion miscues in state government may be bearing fruit.

An Emmy Award-winning documentary airing in Sacramento this weekend features California state employees and their work on alternative energy.

The California State Fair is hosting two workshops on Thursday to give veterans information about how to apply for state government jobs.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has filed its rebuttal to a lawsuit aimed at forcing the government to reimburse state scientists for work-related travel and meal costs at the same rate as other state workers.

The State Worker caught up with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Wednesday as he made the rounds in Sacramento to talk about his plan to give governments the power to reduce their pension debts.

The I-word – “impasse” – has butted in on contract talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and a state employees’ union that has been without a labor agreement for more than a year.

The State Worker column this week focuses on the promise and peril of impasse for the bogged-down contract talks between Gov. Jerry Brown and 850 state operating engineers in Bargaining Unit 13. It offers a path to mediation, but it also opens the door to management imposing terms and for the rank and file to strike.

Sacbee.com’s searchable database of state salaries is newly updated and now includes 2013 University of California pay. Also see 2013 civil service pay, 2013 CSU pay and 2012 state legislative pay. Search salaries and view up to seven years of salary history, courtesy of The Bee’s database guru, Phillip Reese. Click here to open the state salary search page.

Both state bargaining units affiliated with the International Union of Operating Engineers started contract talks aiming for substantial raises for their members. One got what it wanted.

After years of complaining to governors on both sides of the political aisle about pay, this summer the California Association of Professional Scientists rejected a contract offered by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown that would have given them a modest raise.

California’s state parks system has a new acting director.

Three state employee unions end this holiday week without new contracts. Lawyers, building equipment operators and scientists won’t receive the modest raise that kicked in Tuesday for just about everyone else in state government.

Bee Capitol Bureau colleague Christopher Cadelago reports today on ethical questions raised by Covered California board members using their personal email accounts to communicate about public matters. Since private emails aren’t subject to public disclosure, the agency says, it can’t divulge their contents. Separately, a San Jose case is testing whether government employees must disclose texts, emails and other private correspondence when they concern public business.

Lawmakers will probe equal opportunity and diversity in California’s state civil service during a hearing today at 10 a.m.

California’s state scientists have overwhelmingly rejected a labor contract offered by Gov. Jerry Brown.

The U.S. Supreme Court chipped away at government-employee union power on Monday by ruling that Illinois home-support workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

Massive defects so riddle a state office tower in downtown Sacramento that it will take five years before they’re fixed, according to a new government estimate.

In a 5-4 ruling that split along philosophical lines, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said that Illinois home health workers paid with public money can reject union membership.

California state scientists have taken the Brown administration to court over meal and travel reimbursements that have been lagging those given to other state employees.

Saturday’s California state surplus auction features mountains of computer parts, boxes of box cutters, low-end and high-end jewelry – and a security scanner that until recently screened vistors to the Capitol. This video gives a quick glimpse into what the Department of General Services has up for sale this weekend. Click here for more information.

Professional Engineers in California Government has built a reputation over the years as a union that bargains hard and long, can be slow to take a contract and isn’t afraid to sue governors of either political party when it thinks they’ve crossed the line.

Average pay for workers covered by the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association rose just 1.4 percent in 2013, according to state pay data, putting the union’s members in the middle of the pack for pay increases among state public safety staff and regulators. By comparision, average pay for correctional officers remained essentially flat last year while Highway Patrol Officers’ average pay rose 4 percent.

DMV employee and union member Miriam Noujaim once again has revved up a lawsuit aimed at prying open the financial records of SEIU Local 1000, the largest state-employee union.

The number of California state employees who took their pensions during the first six months of 2014 fell dramatically, signaling workers’ willingness to hang on to their jobs, according to new state data.

The union representing California’s state firefighters closed last year with the distinction of being the only state labor group whose current contract doesn’t include a pay increase.

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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