Governor pushes to slash state workers’ pay to minimum wage!!!

June 24, 2010

(found on latimes.com)
Gov. urges minimum wage for California state workers until budget deal is reached

The state controller says he will defy any order from Schwarzenegger to cut pay for 200,000 state employees if the new fiscal year, which starts July 1, begins without a budget accord.

By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times

June 24, 2010

Reporting from Sacramento

After enduring more than a year of unpaid monthly furlough days, state workers could see their pay cut to minimum wage until Sacramento strikes a budget accord this summer, according to a memo from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration sent Wednesday.

Schwarzenegger is pushing for the pay cut as yet another overdue state spending plan looms. But the man charged with writing workers’ paychecks, Controller John Chiang, said he would defy the order.

The new fiscal year begins July 1, but with lawmakers and Schwarzenegger all but resigned to missing that deadline, the annual wrangling has begun over which of California’s bills will be paid with no budget in place.

The memo from Department of Personnel Director Debbie Endsley to state department heads said that “absent a state budget,” the governor would seek to slash workers’ pay to minimum wage until the impasse is over.

Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said the administration is following the law. Unions representing state workers don’t see it that way.

“I think that the governor’s doing this for purely political purposes,” said Dave Low, a lobbyist for the California School Employees Assn.
Dave Low

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CAUSE May 19th Rallies

June 6, 2010

On May 19th CSEA and C.A.U.S.E. held 36 simultaneous rallies across California, to protest the ongoing pillage of Educational funding.
As you may recall I participated in the Orange County rally which was attended by 300 + protesters.
I am proud to say that PYLUSD was the first District to have their administrators attend this rally in support of CAUSE.
Dr. Smith and Suzette Lovely and Nancy Blade came out to hear the speakers. PYLUSD was the Only District to have Administrators attend the rally.
I am hopeful this is the start of a trend.
There were numerous photo’s and video’s taken at this rally and for those interested you can see the video of my speech here..You can see the rest of the speeches on You Tube.
Look for the other speeches from May 19th on You Tube Or on CAUSE4education.org