Gov. Brown Orders Furloughs for 11,000 State Employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a furlough order for more than 11,000 state workers whose unions have yet to reach a deal for a 5 percent wage cut. The order from the Brown administration, issued last week, forces employees to take one day of unpaid leave a month, which is about a 5 percent pay cut. California lawmakers passed a budget last month authorizing the Democratic governor to furlough state workers. Most unions reached agreements before the new fiscal year started July 1. Only the two unions representing 11,600 state engineers and heavy machinery operators continue to hold out. Brown used his veto authority to eliminate a union-backed budget provision that would have required nearly all transportation funding be spent on state staff.

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