The battle still goes on as to whether or not we will get full paychecks at the end of the month.
We only get paid once per month, so the pay check that is issued on Aug 1 is for the entire month of July.
The battle rages on in the courts as to whether the Gov can legally pay us only minimum wage. John Chiang, the controller says it cannot be done, legally or otherwise. The antiquated system does not allow him the possibility of changing the checks. Chaing is fighting for us to get paid, in full and on time.
If we do get minimum wage, we will get the balance of the money due to us once the budget is passed. But it won't be right away. It is said that it can take 6 months before we are fully paid.
This does not save the state any money, since it will cost the state money in hours paid to staff to change the payroll structure and again to change it back. They would also be held to pay us interest on the money due to us.
Not to mention the effect it would have in 200,000 Californians not having any money to pay bills let alone the extras to fuel the economy.
Don't think for a moment that this tactic by the Governor is anything less than punitive. There are some 20+ unions in the State service. Six of these unions have agreed to the deep cuts that the Governor wanted. These 6 unions will be exempt from the minimum wage order. Is this extortion or what? How can the Governor state that he is following a law that says when there is no budget then minimum wage is to be paid and exempt a group only because they agreed to his demands?
Imagine what you would feel like if your paycheck were reduced to nothing. Once my standard deductions are taken out of my check, I will literally have no paycheck. Funny how wealthy people forget what it is like to depend on a paycheck.
There is no morale left with anyone I know who works for the state. I have gotten to the point of not caring if my work gets done. It will, eventually, but I am in no hurry to do anything more than what I must do. I think State employees have been kicked around enough.
On Friday, the judge will announce his decision on this court battle between Scharzenegger and Chiang. Luckily, we have a Controller who wants to do what is right for State Workers. At least he has a heart. No wonder State employees love him!