NJ State Workers: Pay Cuts Won’t Solve Budget Crisis

Source: Mischa Gaus, Labor Notes, April 2009

Glenda Simmons might default on her student loans. Jeneine Abernathy says her fellow child-welfare investigators live one paycheck at a time. Theresa Saunders has already exhausted her sick days recovering from chemotherapy. None of the three New Jersey state workers say they can afford a pay cut.

Jon Corzine plans to close a yawning budget gap in part by forcing them to forgo a pay raise and take almost three weeks of unpaid time off. CWA members are dogging Corzine’s steps as he travels the state, throwing picket lines up outside his events.

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