Will State Workers Stay Home on Columbus Day?

1:49 PM, Oct 9, 2009   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - President Obama is taking a three-day weekend along with other federal workers, but whether Monday's Columbus Day is a paid holiday remains a point of contention between Gov. Schwarzenegger and state workers.

The Service Employees International Union, the largest state worker union, is telling its 94,000 members to stay home on Monday. But the governor is telling state employees to report to work.

State workers took Columbus Day as a paid holiday in the past, but two state holidays were eliminated this year due to budget cuts, including Columbus Day. The Governor's Office said state law now allows for 12 paid holidays a year, not 14, and workers who don't show up on Monday are committing an illegal job action and could face disciplinary measures.

SEIU contends a new contract wasn't ratified, so workers are still entitled to the holiday. 

Who Gets Columbus Day Off?

Federal workers

California Superior Courts

Sacramento County

City of Stockton

San Joaquin County

Placer County

Solano County

Roseville Transit

Who's Working on Columbus Day?

Public Schools; Roseville Unified schools, however, are closed for a service day.  Holiday policy varies among private schools.

City of Sacramento

City of Modesto

Stanislaus County

City of Roseville

Sacramento Regional Transit

City of Vacaville

City of Fairfield

Columbus Holiday in Dispute

State workers

Do You Get Columbus Day Off?

Let us know if you get Columbus Day as a paid holiday.  Post your comments below.

Information compiled by Ward Koppel, wkoppel@news10.net




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