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.