The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 26, 2010
Court adds more time to minimum wage clock

100609 gavel.jpgA Sacramento Superior Court hearing today wound up pushing back the date for when attorneys will again debate whether Controller John Chiang must issue minimum wage paychecks to state workers. The upshot: No minimum wage for state workers now at least through September, and quite possibly well beyond that.

Instead, "other issues" will be discussed during an Aug. 26 hearing and "the infeasibility argument will take place some time in the future," said Ryan Endean, spokesman for PECG and CAPS, two of the unions that have supported Chiang's position.

It's not clear when the court will hear infeasibility arguments. The case hinges on expert testimony and analysis, so the two sides will need time to compile their evidence and witnesses, exchange the information and then break down the opposition's arguments.

"So by our understanding," Endean said, "we're looking at full wages at least through September, if not beyond."

The caveat: If the budget fight drags on, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could order more furloughs. Click here for a recent post about that.

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