Furloughed Californians Protest Schwarzenegger's Cameo in 'The Expendables'

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a cameo role in California state employees are the ones feeling expendable. They are planning on using their mandated furlough day Friday to protest at theaters across the state showing the movie The Expendables.

The action-adventure flick with an all-star cast features a rare cameo by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last month the governor reinstituted "furlough Fridays," meaning all state offices will be closed three Fridays a month, and workers won't be paid for those days. Their first furlough day is probably Friday, opening day of the movie.

A judge's ruling may temporarily bar the unpaid days off, but the governor's office is appealing the ruling.

The SEIU's spoof of the movie poster for The Expendables.No Hope of Digging Out

The state is faced with a $19.1 billion deficit and no hope of digging out. In announcing the new furloughs, Schwarzenegger said that California is close to "a fiscal meltdown."

Jim Zamora, a spokesman for the Service Employees International Union Local 1000, said 150,000 state workers are mad that Schwarzenegger is restoring his movie career while they have no options. He called it a "slap in the face." The campaign's slogan is "Tell Arnold We're Not Expendable."

Schwarzenegger's brief role is unpaid and won't be included in the credits, according to Aaron McLear, the governor's spokesman.

"Furlough days are not something we want to do, but until we have a workable budget we really have no choice," McLear said in an interview with DailyFinance.

Schwarzenegger's Sacrifices

In a recent speech before the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Fresno, Schwarzenegger took some hard questions about when the furloughs will stop and what he is doing to make sacrifices.

"I make certain sacrifices. I'm working for seven years without getting any salary. My salary, I never receive, I just give it back to the state because that's not why I'm in this job," he said in a transcript provided by the Sacramento Bee. "So that's why I feel, you know, that the least thing I can do is work for seven years and not think about my movie career or the $30 million a movie and all of those kinds of things.

"But forget that. I've made enough money because of California and because of America. So let's go and do something."

The movie, which opens Friday, is directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also has a role in the film. Other stars include Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Giselle Itie and Eric Roberts.

The movie plot is about how an elite team of mercenaries known as "the Expendables" overthrow a dictator in a fictional South American country.

Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Investor’s Toolbox

Improve your investing savvy with the right financial toolset.

View Course »

What is Inflation?

Why do prices go up?

View Course »

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum


Filter by:
cracker steve

Have you ever read about the amount State Workrs get paid, and what they actually do? What their retirement is? I do not feel sorry for workers who get an unpaid furlough. They could probably fire 1/2 of the work force, keeping employees with a strong work ethic, and operate the government just fine.

August 12 2010 at 5:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Come on guys, I hate how he's handled the governor thing too. But the man's still an actor. Fred Thompson handled both jobs pretty well for many years. He's not "restoring" his career, he was always an actor. Keep it clear. Be upset about the political arena but don't let jealousy over his acting career make you get it twisted.

August 12 2010 at 4:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I thought this was what solidarity was all about, making sacrifices so your union brothers and sisters could hold on to their jobs too! I guess if those sacrifices come out of your own pocket that whole solidarity mentality goes out the window!

August 12 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I cant blame Arnold.Nobodies paying him,he can do as he pleases,this is a free country.

August 12 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What do you expect from the land of fruit and nuts, and not to mention the fact that they promoted a porn star to be governor.....that says it all.....the whole state is totally corrupted and beyond help !!!!

August 12 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

what do you goverment works have to complain about? how much do you make a year? i know you have made more than i will ever see i have been laid off over a year and can't find a job.now you have a day off so you can sit your butt and cry me a river. i think all goverment workers should take a pay cut. so quit crying and thank GOD you still have a job to complain about.

August 12 2010 at 3:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Californiacs protest anything and everything, as the rest of the country just roll our eyes in spite of our wierd cousins.

August 12 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Go Arnold. No sympathy here for those furloughed workers. There's radical school of thought called a budget. There's also this concept called living within your budget. Someday the citizens of California will grasp the notion that in order to have government services, you need a tax base and you also need to spend less than you collect.

August 12 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

To Tom Weber.......just out of curiosity, how many countries are there in the United States ?

August 12 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Arnold has been a cameo as Governor for years.

August 12 2010 at 3:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply