Publication Letter to the Editor - Sacramento Bee

IT workers
Re “Tech workers are fleeing state government. Would raises tempt them to stay?”

(State Worker, Aug. 4): Adam Ashton’s 4 article shines a much-needed light on a chronic problem. State IT workers and managersare underpaid no less than 30 percent compared to their peers in county and federal governments. One in five state IT workers left for private lucrative opportunities. I fault elected officials and CalHR for failing to develop and implement an effective and transparent strategic plan for attracting and retaining a skilled IT Workforce. We should focus on good-faith collaboration with the trusted workers’ union, on the interests of IT workers rather than contractors, and on revamping archaic human resources rules.

MIKE ARAKJI, SACRAMENTO

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