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Gov. Jerry Brown issues furloughs for 11K+ state workers

The cover for Gov. Jerry Brown's 2012-2013 budget is shown in this 2012 file photo.

July 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued furlough orders for more than 11,000 state workers after the state was unable to reach an agreement with their unions.

The state budget passed last month gives Brown the authority to furlough workers to help close California's budget gap and save an estimated $402 million for the year.

Nineteen of the 21 state unions have reached contract agreements, but two, including the union that represents Caltrans engineers, are still negotiating. That union wants many private contracts eliminated, saying its engineers can do the job for less money.

Brown's order forces employees to take one day of unpaid leave a month, which amounts to a pay cut of about 5 percent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.