Call to Action: TOMORROW Demonstrate at Governor’s Budget Reveal!

Urgent reminder: tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th, Governor Newsom is required by the state’s constitution to issue his economic predictions as part of his 2024-25 State Budget proposal to the Legislature, and State Scientists and their supporters will be there!

ACTION: Make some noise to call on this Administration to #ValueScientists! You can do so in-person in Sacramento and on social media (if you aren’t able to come in person). NOTE: Participation must be done on personal time. 

The Governor’s Office announced today that the press conference location will not be released to the public. 

WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, 2023, various times, depending on in-person or virtual participation (see below for virtual participation times)! The Press Conference begins at 10:30 a.m., so see you in-person from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: In person in Sacramento outside of the Capitol Annex Swing Space (where our legislator’s offices are during the Capitol Renovation) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and online via social media! As always, CAPS’ goal when picketing is to be loud, proud, and productive, and to engage in actions in a lawful manner. Check out our Practice Picket Toolkit for more resources.

WHY: When Newsom announces the 2024-25 State Budget, State Scientists will picket nearby at the Capitol Annex Swing Space in Sacramento from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and take to social media to ensure the public, key decision-makers, and Governor Newsom know that the time is now to #ValueScientists! 

Call out the cognitive dissonance of this Administration at the Governor’s budget reveal! This governor claims to be a champion of fair and equitable pay for all Californians while continuing a long tradition dating back to the Schwarzenegger administration of shortchanging State Scientists. He touts California’s cutting-edge programs to fight climate change as a model for the world while refusing to provide a raise that could attract and retain the skilled workforce required to run those programs.

Sign up here and commit to showing up for yourself and your colleagues! 

Can’t make it in person?  Join the action online by posting and sharing on social media at least once every hour from 8:00am – 4:00pm PST as we highlight the critical role California State Scientists play in tackling the global challenge of climate change, protecting the health of our communities, sustaining our agricultural industry, and beyond! 

Participate in our social media storm by using this toolkit that includes posts, images, and hashtags, here

Be sure to also follow @capsscientists on our official social media and amplify our message: CAPS Twitter/X and Instagram.

ADDITIONAL NOTE SPECIFICALLY FOR WORK WEEK GROUP E FOLKS: If you are a State Scientist employed in Work Week Group E (WWG E), leave can only be granted in all-day increments per the California State Civil Service Pay Scales Online Manual (54th Edition), Section 10. So, should a WWG E Scientist wish to participate in this action in-person, for the duration, the section cited above would require that the scientist take the entire day off to picket on-site wherever the Governor stages his press conference. If the WWG E scientist is unable to take a whole day off, they should engage as part of the group participating in the Social Media Storm on their break times. Have more questions about this? Contact CAPS (caps@capsscientists.org)!  

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