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California state workers plan 'sick-out'

June 15, 2009
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SAN BERNADINO, CA — Thousands of state employees are planning to call in sick today, a move that could affect state agencies and violate union contracts, according to the San Bernadino County Sun.
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said he had not heard about a sick-out, but hopes workers decide not to call in sick, the story stated.
Workers are expected to be coming down with either "blue flu" — a nickname derived from sick-outs called by police officers — or "grizzly flu" — a reference to the grizzly bear on California''s flag.
The demonstration is in response to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger''s forcing most state employees to take two unpaid days off each month and his intention to cut state workers'' pay by another 5 percent, the story noted.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) spokesman Jim Zamora said: "We understand the anger of state employees. They''re tired of being dumped on."
The SEIU stresses that they do not condone the proposed actions and are not actively supporting the "sick-out," the story added.
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