Only a few minutes after being ordered to reduce the pay of 316,000 state workers to $7.25 an hour, California State Controller John Chiang appeared before the Glendale Kiwanis and explained why he opposed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's drastic budget maneuver.
Chiang said the governor's order, an emergency measure enacted until the state Legislature adopts a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1, would violate federal labor law. He said several categories of state workers — prosecutors, doctors and college professors — are not covered by federal labor law and would receive no compensation under the governor's order. Not receiving a salary violates federal law, he said.
"Thirty-thousand people will receive zero because they are not protected under federal law," Chiang said. "Here is where we are going to have violations."