William Foster, Governor's Office
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign an Executive Order Thursday slashing the salaries of many state workers. And if he does so, you can be pretty sure those workers will take legal action.
As first proposed, the Order would cut the salaries of roughly 200-thousand workers to the federal minimum wage of 6.55 an hour. It also calls for layoffs of up to 22-thousand temporary workers. Positions related to public safety like fire-fighters - will be exempt. Jim Zamora is with SEIU Local One-thousand, which represents state workers. He says they’re planning legal action and more rallies. And they’ll show their anger at work, too:
Are the 200-thousand demoralized state employees going to approach their job with the same level of professionalism after the Governor signs the order cutting their salaries to minimum wage? I expect they won’t.”
Schwarzenegger says the pay cut is needed to keep the state from running out of cash – and that he has the authority under a state Supreme Court ruling. But Controller John Chiang disagrees and says he will not enforce the new pay scale.