Local 1000 responds to possibility of minimum wage

Yvonne_Walker_small.jpgA message from Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker

In the event a state budget is not in place by June 30, the California Superior Court has granted the governor the authority to impose federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The pay reduction, if ordered by the governor, would be reflected in the Aug. 1 paycheck for most state employees. The appeal of this ruling will be heard on June 21, in the 3rd District Court of Appeal.
Local 1000 is sponsoring continuous appropriation legislation. The bill, which has passed the Assembly, would ensure state workers receive their full salaries until a budget is adopted. Bear in mind, that in order to become law this bill must be signed by the governor, which is unlikely.

Local 1000 has fought in every possible venue. We have filed eight legal challenges to the governor's imposition of the three furlough days. These cases are in various stages of the court system (click here to read about the furlough challenges).  

It is important that all workers represented by Local 1000 take the possibility of minimum wage very seriously.

If our salaries are temporarily cut to minimum wage, we will post a list of resources and tips to this website to help our members. The resources will include advice on weathering this crisis, including tips for dealing with creditors. The resource kit will offer templates for letters Local 1000 members can send to banks, utilities, credit card companies and other organizations, plus lists of social service agencies, financial counselors and credit unions that will help state employees.

I encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and your family from this potential fiscal abuse by the governor.

It is important to know that we haven't just fought the governor. We have consistently pushed to be part of the solution, including proposing billions of dollars in budget solutions, such as, ending corporate tax loopholes, imposing an oil severance tax, eliminating costly outsourcing and negotiating a contract that could have saved the state more than $350 million.

I've heard from countless state employees who say that even though our lives have been hurt by a 15 percent pay cut, they want to do what is right for California. Our bargaining teams are ready to return to the table to negotiate something that works for us and for the state, without putting the whole burden of this crisis on our backs.

Since July 2008 we have been on the roller coaster of this governor's whims. It's been tough and it will probably get tougher. It is important for all of us to stand united as we fight for our families, our future and for California.

In solidarity,

Yvonne R. Walker
President, SEIU Local 1000