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CA Dem Blocks Law Mandated Wage Cut

From a cheering Associated Press:

John Chiang

Old technology foils Schwarzenegger’s wage order

By Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press Writer

July 3, 2010

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt to impose the federal minimum wage on state workers is being foiled by California’s out-of-date technology.

This week, a state appellate court sided with the Republican governor in his attempt to force 200,000 state workers to be paid $7.25 an hour while California’s budget impasse drags on.

But state Controller John Chiang says he can’t comply because the changeover is too complex for the state’s computerized payroll system. The system was designed more than 60 years ago and was last revamped in 1970.

Technology experts say the system could be updated to accommodate Schwarzenegger’s order, but it would take months to do so.

The controller’s office says it would take another six months to reprogram the system again once a state budget is eventually signed.

Mr. Chiang is not only defying the law and the state’s governor, but he is defying the Third District Court Of Appeals. Details that the AP chooses to completely gloss over.

Readers will recall that Mr. Chiang already brought up this preposterous excuse as his next way to resist complying with the law and the courts in the previous article we posted on this subject.

As we have noted then, these self-same ancient computers don’t seem to have any problem giving the hardworking public sector union employees of California across the board pay raises. Just pay cuts.

But, needless to say, Mr. Chiang is a Democrat. So we know that laws simply do not matter to him. Nor does logic.

Indeed, nothing matters to Democrats but buying off the votes of their constituents (in this case the SEIU) so that they can hold on to their phony baloney jobs.

Still, does this mean now a pay freeze in effect for the workers of California until these antiquated computers are replaced?

Of course not. By that time a modern day miracle will have happened, and those paychecks will pour forth without a glitch, just like always.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “CA Dem Blocks Law Mandated Wage Cut”

  1. proreason says:

    If I were Ahnald, I would layoff all the application programmers who maintain the payroll systems, and hire some contractors. Contractors are always smarter than the regular staff anyway. And I would cut Mr. Chiang a manual check for $7.25 per hour, less taxes and deductions (since he probably cannot be laid off).

    I have a wild hunch that one of the regular programmers would realize how to make the change in an hour or two.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So here we are where now wages are also an entitlement. I wish I was aware of that when my company took us all to the table and told us that pay cuts were necessary for the benefit of the company. 5 times.

    But with the entitlement argument, I would’ve continued to get paid at the previous wage, while the company spiraled into insolvency and ultimately failed. But then, with blow-bama’s “too-big-to-fail” policies and using clever interpretation of the Constitution, I perhaps might be a multi-millionaire today. HAH! And all you suckers thought I was stupid.

  3. bobbys says:

    Heck i don’t even need my abacus to do this, Just figure 8 bucks an hour to round it out in their favor.

    8 x 40{as no gov worker has ever gone over 40} is 320 bucks take out 120 for Taxes, that’s 200 bucks for everyone. a week..


  4. canary says:

    Chiang job of cutting checks could be replaced by an
    illegal Mexican.

    Arnold should retroactive his own wages as an actor to minimum wage, to compensate his catering to the greenies & the illegals.

  5. crosspatch says:

    I somehow don’t believe that it takes months to adjust the pay of employees. I don’t hear him arguing that the system will not accommodate raises for state employees.

    Why does it suddenly have a problem only when the pay is to be decreased?

  6. GetBackJack says:

    I’ll bet if the Governator ordered 200,000 state employees to receive a raise the computer system would miraculously be able to perform that server request. Without Comrade Chiang complaining about antiquated systems.

    Just saying.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Chiang is taking an activist’s stand here. In the short, or long run, it should get him fired. Then he can get a great job with ACORN or something.

      What’s not being said here is that he’s breaking the law and painting a target on his back as far as employment goes. It’s not unusual to find Chinese in the payroll departments of many US major corporations and they are a surly lot. Usually angry, unable to answer simple questions, etc. I had to laugh at my company because the guy who headed up our payroll got so many complaints, they replaced him….with his exact duplicate, in every respect. Unbelievable.

      But US law to many, especially in our government is “too restrictive” and “unfair” except to the white anglos that founded, maintained and believed in this nation. So now, it’s becoming apparent that the gloves are off and everyone is going to “stand their ground” in some misbegotten crusade to undermine “the establishment”. And, just like in the 60’s you can see where that will lead. Eventually law and order will win out but not without a bunch of self-proclaimed “freedom fighters” thinking they made some monumental “change” in society.

      A different uptake from Wikipeadia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Chiang_%28California_politician%29

      In July 2008, Schwarzenegger was reported to be planning to “slash the pay of more than 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum of $6.55 per hour,” among other measures, due to a lack of an approved state budget.[7] In response, Chiang characterized Schwarzenegger’s idea as “a poorly devised strategy to put pressure on the Legislature to enact a budget” and stated that he would continue to pay state workers their full salaries[7]. Chiang claimed that he had “both constitutional and statutory authority” to continue payments and that Schwarzenegger was trying to make Chiang “do something that’s improper and illegal”[8]. He received support from the Democratic leadership in the state Senate and Assembly[9]. When Schwarzenegger issued a formal Executive Order, Chiang sent a formal letter to Schwarzenegger “reiterating his position”[10][11]. At a rally of state workers in Los Angeles, Chiang called them “innocent victims of a political struggle”[12].[1

      So, this argument goes back to two years ago and we’re just hearing about it now as it resurfaces. Schwarzenegger has the legal authority to do it, according to California law, but Chiang is simply creating a divide and posturing this for his own betterment in his party of “NO”.

      It’s all very absurd and, on the face of it, mostly childish.

    • confucius says:

      In every payroll department I’ve been acquainted with, I find no Chinese. I find only white and black folks–and they’re usually women.

      I also find them to be fat, lazy and unflatteringly passive-aggressive.

    • proreason says:

      In every payroll department I’m familiar with, I find only bureaucrats.

      Like all bureaucrats, the only way to get help is to suck up to them shamelessly.

      And don’t even try calling before 9 am or after 3:30 pm.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Well, I do recall a payroll department, run by three women, while working for a crappy company in Indianapolis. When I left, they took the opportunity to broadcast everything I said (in passing) about paying child support, to my ex’s attorney. I imagine they still think it’s pretty funny.

    • tranquil.night says:

      “I’ll bet if the Governator ordered 200,000 state employees to receive a raise..”

      My fellow Golden-coasters are familiar that Los Angeles just laid-off 761 public employees as of 7/01 which triggered, well..

      “But because of labor contracts renegotiated last year by Villaraigosa and the City Council, the city would be unable to accomplish that goal without first providing a 3% raise to more than 15,000 full-time members of the Coalition of L.A. City Unions. Six months later, those same workers would get a 2.75% pay increase.” http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/11/local/la-me-la-budget-20100511

      That’s right, it’s actually costing them money to save money. It’s costing them at least 32 million in fact.

      But regarding whether any antiquated computers will be lagging the process? Well:

      “Villaraigosa and the council also agreed to the provision that now serves as something of a poison pill: If layoffs are approved, the package of raises goes into effect immediately.

      Mr. Chiang, you lie.

  7. jrmcdonald says:

    Rush was right; liberalism is a disease. This is the American version of what thy have in Greece.

  8. Chuckk says:

    I hope Mr. Chiang’s salary is covered in the minimum wage rule.

  9. bobbys says:

    Computers seem to all be up to date in the tax collection dept..

    Wadda da odds?

  10. NoNeoCommies says:

    I can’t recall Mr. Chiang ever using the “antiquated” computer argument to upgrade, only to refuse to do his job.
    They can probably replace a whole room full of payroll computers with one blade server and a remote backup site.
    6 months, 10 contractors and some data entry people and Mr. Chiang can lay off half of his staff and lose his lame excuse.

    • Chinnubie says:

      Chiang would never approve the request cause then he’d have to do what he’s told.

  11. Georgfelis says:

    Easier than that. Simply tell the computers to give everybody in California Civil Service a pay raise of -5%. Repeat as needed. The minus sign is a wonderful thing….

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