DMV employees complained that other state agencies, like the Employment Development Department and the Board of Equalization will not face furlough days.
Protestors chanted; “Why not me? Why not me? Why not me?”
Protestors wore the purple shirts of SEIU, the union that represents 95-thousand state workers. They waved fans with large red X’s through Governor Schwarzenegger’s face on one side, and the face of DMV director George Valverde’s on the other. DMV employee Heather Newman says she had hoped Valverde would apply for a furlough exemption for the DMV.
“Why should we be penalized because someone doesn’t know how to pay the bills on time? I have to pay my bills on time. I’m penalized for that but it’s my responsibility.”
Meanwhile in Fresno, the Governor was asked about the new furloughs. He says times have been difficult for workers in the private sector.
“But none in the public sector. They still get the same wages, they all still have their jobs. Everything is the same, except oh yes, I forgot. They got 3 furlough days last year.”
Governor Schwarzenegger says state employees aren’t the only ones who’ve had to make sacrifices in this economic crisis.