Members of the Communications Workers of America formed a “statewide picket line” on Tuesday to protest a proposal by New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine for state workers to accept 12 unpaid furlough days and forgo pay increases.

The proposed budget calls for $500 million in givebacks through wages and the furlough days. Under the proposal workers would take two unpaid days off in May with 12 additional unpaid days off over the fiscal year starting in June.

The Governor has yet to discuss the proposals with the union regardless of repeated requests to come to the negotiating table.

The union has filed a suit to block the Governor’s proposal from being implemented.