Friday, August 1, 2008

thanks Arnie! for affecting the lives of the workers in your own state

On Thursday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed an executive order reducing pay for state workers and laying off more than 10,000 temporary and seasonal workers, with exceptions for health care, law enforcement and public safety workers, the Los Angeles Times reports.Workers whose pay is cut would receive their lost wages once a state budget is approved.Michael Genest, the governor's finance director, said the cuts are needed to ensure that the state has sufficient cash reserves to run through September (Rothfeld, Los Angeles Times, 8/1).The pay cuts would not take effect until September at the earliest.However, Controller John Chiang (D) has pledged to continue to pay state workers their full salaries, setting the stage for the governor to bring a lawsuit to force Chiang to comply with the executive order.

Nice how the state will reimburse us for our paychecks later, but of course won't pay us any interest on that money. However, whenever we owe the state money, they charge us interest! Also nice how Arnie claims this is the only way the state can pay it's bills, is to only pay the state workers federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour. And this is a guy who flies from LA to Sacramento to work everyday. Supposedly Mr. Green. Not!