This resolution referred to the State Executive Committee (SEC) from the floor of the Peace and Freedom Party State Convention on August 1, 2010, and published by the SEC on October 7, 2010.
WHEREAS the Schwarzenegger administration reached agreements with all 21 state employee bargaining units, these agreements were ratified by the members of each bargaining unit, and were then passed by both houses of the state Legislature, and
WHEREAS Governor Schwarzenegger refused to sign the negotiated agreements approved by the Legislature, and
WHEREAS the Governor later forced some of the smaller unions to sign contracts unfavorable to their members, and
WHEREAS the Governor imposed a furlough on those state workers who have not signed these harmful agreements, which is effectively a 15% cut in their wages during the so-called "fiscal emergency", and
WHEREAS the Governor has threatened to pay state workers the Federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour until a budget act has been passed by the state legislature and signed by the Governor, further threatening the financial security of state workers, and
WHEREAS over 14,000 state workers represented by SEIU, Local 1000 have been engaged in some 80 worksite actions,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Peace and Freedom Party of California supports the efforts of California state workers to fight the Governor's efforts to use them as pawns in his budget battle, and calls on the governor to respect state workers by paying them full and fair wages for their work, and