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Workers Union Agrees With State to Halve Furloughs

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A pact was reached early this morning between Service Employees International Union Local 1000, which represents over 90,000 workers employed by the State of California, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration that cut the mandatory workday furloughs from two days to one per month, the Sacramento Bee is reporting. "The deal also includes fewer paid holidays, changes to how overtime is calculated, kicks in more for employees' health insurance premiums and limits layoffs." According to SEIU Local 1000 president Yvonne Walker "The talks were grueling." However, both parties wanted to reach an agreement ahead of the vote to approve the state budget, which is due to take place tonight in Sacramento.