State workers urge boycott of Arnold’s new movie
August 10, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger apparently feels that state workers are expendable–at least on Furlough Fridays. Now some are trying to repay the governor by urging a boycott of his new movie, opening this Friday, “The Expendables.” [California Watch]
In truth, the former action star-turned-politician has only a brief walk-on appearance, filmed last spring, in the new Sylvester Stallone adventure flick about a group of mercenaries hired to overthrow a South American dictator.
An email campaign is circulating among state workers, urging them to stay away this weekend and not see the movie. “Let’s all make a stand against the governor by boycotting his new movie ‘The Expendables,’” urges one e-mail making the rounds. “… I’m asking everyone not to see it opening weekend. Whether you are working for the state, city or county–his decisions have affected you. Let’s affect his paycheck for a change.”
Schwarzenegger maintains that he appreciates public employees and isn’t targeting them for punishment, despite the furloughs, talk of minimum-wage paychecks, and pension-takeaway proposals. However, he argues that recession has changed the calculus by which California government is funded, and state workers have to accept the new reality.
Meanwhile, about 150,000 state workers could avoid unpaid the latest furlough days set to begin Friday after an Alameda County Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order on Monday blocking Schwarzenegger from forcing the mandatory time off. [LA Times]