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CSEA DISAPPOINTED OVER VETO OF VOLUNTARY WORK REDUCTION BILL

 CSEA DISAPPOINTED OVER VETO OF VOLUNTARY WORK REDUCTION BILL
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The California State Employees Association today expressed deep disappointment over Governor Wilson's veto of a bill that would have allowed workers to voluntarily reduce their work time as a way of helping to solve California's financial crisis.
 The bill, by Sen. Ralph Dills, D-Gardena, would have immediately set up a process for a voluntary work reduction program instead of the mandatory furloughs the governor is demanding.
 "Since contract talks began a year ago, state employees have been offering a number of responsible ideas for contributing to a budget solution. Allowing state employees to volunteer for a shorter work week and still maintain job security and benefits was one such idea. Where are the governor's ideas, other than gutting salaries?" said CSEA President Yolanda Solari.
 "How does the governor know that a voluntary furlough program won't work if he doesn't even discuss it with us? It's clear to us he's just wanting to play hardball politics," said Perry Kenny, CSEA Civil Service Division director.
 CSEA, which represents 78,000 civil service state employees, commissioned a survey last May that showed a third of the state workers polled were willing to reduce their work time to help California through the fiscal crisis.
 Many state employees saw the proposal as a way to prevent financial ruin for the younger employees with children to raise and heavy mortgages to pay who would be the first to get bumped if the governor decided to lay people off.
 "The administration's efforts to undermine the voluntary furlough program are based on faulty data. The department of Personnel Administration said it surveyed workers and found little interest in the program. But those surveys were sporadically conducted; workers were given no guarantees that volunteering for a furlough would be credited if mandatory furloughs were implemented," Kenny said.
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 /CONTACT: Pat McConahay of CSEA, 916-326-4379 or 916-424-3297/ CO: California State Employees Association ST: California IN: SU:


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