CSU Works to Ensure Employees Continue Receiving Paychecks

In response to Governor Schwarzenegger's request for state agencies to cut the pay of state workers to the federal minimum wage until a budget is passed, California State University Chancellor Charles B. Reed said that CSU employees will continue to receive their regular paychecks while the university seeks ways to cooperate with the state to minimize the impact on the state general fund.

While CSU is not under direct executive authority and subject to the requirement, Governor Schwarzenegger has requested that CSU and a number of other state entities assist in the effort.

“We are working to ensure that CSU employees will receive their regular paychecks and can expect their normal compensation until a new budget is signed,” Reed said. “At the same time, we are looking at paying compensation with alternative revenue sources other than the state general fund in an effort to cooperate with the Governor and the legislature in this challenging budget environment.”

Gov. Schwarzenegger has announced his intent to issue an order to cut the pay of about 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour until a budget is signed in an effort to avert a cash crisis. The budget deadline was July 1, and without a signed budget soon, the state has indicated it may run out of cash and be unable to borrow the billions of dollars needed to meet the state's financial commitments.