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Richard Rider

State legislature to consider giving government workers yet ANOTHER paid holiday

Allow me to summarize the article below.  It exemplifies all too well the three stages of CA government thrift:

1.  In the 2009 recession, CA state workers lost two holidays that no one honors in the private sector.
2.  The next year, the state gave them back the two paid holidays, with the added benefit that they could use them anytime they wished.
3.  Now the state legislature will consider restoring one of the two fixed-date holidays “eliminated” (Native American Day), but will continue to give workers their two floating holidays off.
So now we see how the Democrat Sacramento supermajority is going to prudently spend our Prop 30 tax dollars.
I can just see the proposed legislation coming later this year — we need another TAX INCREASE!
The State Worker


State workers would get back a holiday they lost four years ago under the terms of legislation introduced Monday by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina.
The government would shut down for Native American Day on the second Monday in October, replacing what used to be the Columbus Day paid holiday on the state calendar.
If the measure becomes law, it would restore a portion of what lawmakers took away from state workers in 2009 when they thinned the state schedule from 13 paid holidays to the current 11 by axing Columbus Day and Lincoln’s Birthday. Eventually, state workers received two floating days off each year that offset the lost holidays.
From the Hernández press release announcing the measure:
“This legislation is inspired by the recognition that the so-called discovery of the America’s by Columbus eventually led to the genocide of Native Americans. This bill hence provides the proper respect and recognition to our Native American nations.”
The wholesale elimination of the Columbus Day holiday in 2009 particularly galled SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker, who urged members to stay home that day – although it was never clear how many followed her suggestion and risked being disciplined.
Other unions, such as the state attorneys‘ group, told members to show up for work and filed grievances over the losing the holidays. That went nowhere.
In 2010, the Schwarzenegger administration agreed to give employees two “professional development days” each year that are essentially floating holidays. Unlike other forms of paid leave, however, professional development days must be used each year or lost and accrue no cash value.
The Hernández measure, embedded below, does not alter state professional development days. 

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Go to article link to see the full text of the bill.