SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has brought down the hammer on two public-employee unions that have not agreed to wage cuts, issuing a furlough order for about 11,600 of their workers.
The order forces the employees to take one day off every month, cutting their pay by almost 5%. Those affected include engineers at the California Department of Transportation, and machine operators.
The furloughs are similar to the leave programs that have been negotiated between the Brown administration and 19 of the state's 21 bargaining units. But the final two units have not agreed to any deal.
Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government, said negotiations were unsuccessful because the state didn't promise to stop contracting out some jobs.