The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 16, 2010
Reactions to Friday's minimum-wage court action

Here are some of the press releases and comments received by The State Worker after today's news that Judge Patrick Marlette declined to force Controller John Chiang to immediately begin issuing minimum wage paychecks. Click on each entry to read the entire release or e-mail.

"We're gratified that the court acknowledged the existence of the significant legal concerns surrounding the governor's minimum wage order and made what we believe is the right decision at the right time." - CCPOA Executive Vice President Chuck Alexander

"We are confident we will continue to win on the merits of this case, as we already have done twice. We hope the Legislature passes a budget by then so we don't have to pay our employees minimum wage." - Lynelle Jolley, Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman

"I am pleased the court ruling today spared taxpayers and California's economy from further harm." - State Controller John Chiang

"Today's ruling likely galvanizes John Chiang's political operation but it unfortunately continues to highlight the fact that we wouldn't be in this situation had John Chiang used the millions taxpayers gave him to upgrade his payroll system over four years ago." - Sen. Tony Strickland, R-Moorpark, who is running against Chiang for controller

"The judge's ruling means that 95,000 Local 1000 members and their families will be able to buy food and pay their bills for another month while we continue to work for a long-term solution in the Legislature and at the bargaining table." - Yvonne Walker, SEIU Local 1000 president

"Today's court ruling is legally sound, fiscally responsible and morally upright. The Governor's minimum wage order is nothing more than a ploy to gain leverage in budget negotiations by threatening the livelihoods of innocent, hardworking Californians." - Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento

"We are happy with the ruling that state engineers and all state employees will get paid in full for the work that they do. State employees up and down the state can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for the moment." - Bruce Blanning, executive director of the Professional Engineers in California Government

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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