Saturday, July 26, 2008

Protect 200,000 of California's State Workers

FROM The Courage Campaign:

Stop Arnold: Sign the petition to protect 200,000 state workers

Tell Governor Schwarzenegger to halt the wage cuts and close the Yacht Tax loophole

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just announced that he will sign an Executive Order on Monday slashing the wages of over 200,000 state employees to the bare minimum.

Not California's minimum wage of $8 per hour. The federal minimum wage of $6.55. Six dollars and fifty-five cents an hour.

Imagine trying to pay your bills on $6.55 an hour. Now imagine what will happen to thousands of vital service workers forced to live on poverty-level wages. A nauseating irony: many state employees may need to seek aid from the very state services that employ them.

This is absolutely outrageous. And the only way we can stop Arnold is by raising our voices as loud as possible in protest before 9 a.m. on Monday. Please sign our petition to Governor Schwarzenegger. On Monday morning, we'll deliver thousands of your signatures to the Governor's office:

Dear Governor Schwarzenegger,

Your announcement to cut the salaries of over 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage is unconscionable.

Instead of slashing pay for state employees, you should be fixing California's massive $15 billion budget deficit. Your proposal will make our budget crisis worse while delivering a serious blow to our struggling economy. As the recession deepens, gas prices skyrocket, stores close, and home foreclosures surge, the governor's wage cuts will force many working families over the financial edge.

To add insult to injury, you are slashing workers' wages instead of taking leadership to close the "Yacht Tax" loophole.

You may claim that you will pay state workers retroactively for wages lost during this budget crisis. But that won't pay their rent or prevent their home from being foreclosed upon before a state budget is eventually passed. Instead of closing the yacht tax loophole and so many other loopholes that favor the rich, you are borrowing on the backs of state workers.

We, the undersigned, call on you to stop preparing to push thousands of state employees to the brink of financial disaster and get back to the budget negotiating table.


The undersigned


The Courage Campaign is an independent political committee and online organizing network approaching 100,000 members that empowers grassroots and netroots activists to build a progressive California. In 2008, the Courage Campaign will catalyze action to increase California's importance in the race for the White House, hold our elected officials accountable, and block Blackwater's second attempt to build a base of operations on the Mexican border.
Whether it's helping kill the GOP's electoral college initiative "dirty trick," count the infamous "double bubble" votes in Los Angeles, re-brand the California Republican Party as the "Yacht Party," or block Blackwater's first attempt to build a base on our border, the Courage Campaign has waged many successful campaigns.

Our partners include, CREDO Mobile, Democracy for America,, United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), CalPIRG, California Nurses Association, and Common Cause. The Courage Campaign is also a member of Progress Now's national network of statewide advocacy organizations. Our online organizing tools are powered by Blue State Digital.

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