California Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t take a promised pay cut after slashing state employees’ wages has reportedly didn’t take the ten p.c pay cut he promised to provide himself after ordering reductions in state employees’ salaries because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Newsom had pledged to cut back his governor’s wage by the identical quantity he was slashing salaries of state employees — 10 p.c — again in Might when he laid out sweeping reductions in spending.
Whereas most authorities employees had been handed smaller paychecks starting final month, Newsom nonetheless obtained his full month-to-month wage of $17,479., the Sacramento Bee first reported.
Newsom’s spokesman, Nathan Click on, informed the Bee that Newsom was solely issued his full paycheck due to an oversight.
The governor has now requested the Controller’s Workplace cut back his pay retroactively to July 1.
“I do know that is the very last thing that our companions wish to hear,” Newsom had stated through the Might 14 press briefing asserting the finances cuts.
“However sadly we’re ready the place [a pay reduction] is required of all of us — and by the best way, together with me and together with my complete workers.”
The Bee discovered State Controller Betty Yee to be the one one of many state’s eight elected constitutional officers to take a pay cut final month.
Because the Bee’s reporting, most different constitutional officers have adopted go well with in requesting their pay reductions on the urging of the governor’s workplace, the paper reported.
The pinnacle of the state’s largest labor union, SEIU Native 1000, which represents service employees, was prepared to provide the governor the advantage of the doubt.
“If there’s one factor we all know, it’s that our governor retains his phrase,” Yvonne Walker, the union’s president, stated in an emailed assertion.
“We will solely think about that with all of the issues occurring in our state…it wouldn’t be shocking if processing the required paperwork has taken a backseat to extra urgent issues.
“We stay assured that this can take place as promised and that it will likely be retroactive,” she added.