Actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger is facing a lawsuit from two unions fighting to stop an order requiring all California state employees to take two days off a month without pay.
The governor made the executive order last week (beg15Dec08) - which could effect up to 230,000 workers - in an effort to solve the state's budget crisis.
But the Professional Engineers in California Government and the California Association of Professional Scientists are battling the demand in Sacramento's Superior Court, claiming only the U.S. Legislature can change workers' pay.
At a Los Angeles press conference on Monday (22Dec08), Schwarzenegger said: "I hate to lay off any state employees, may I remind you, because those are hardworking people and they all have to provide for their families. But we are running out of cash by February, so I have no other choice. California is on a track to a disaster the way it's going."