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California’s Top Court Rules in Favor of Furloughs

Posted on Oct 4, 2010

That’s Gov. Schwarzenegger: 1, and some 200,000 California state workers: SOL. On Monday, the Golden State’s Supreme Court officially signaled its support for Schwarzenegger’s mandate that some state employees take three days off, unpaid, per month. A real crowd-pleaser!  —KA

SF Gate:

A lower court had ruled that Schwarzenegger’s furlough orders in February and July 2009 violated state laws and union contracts that protected employee workweeks. That ruling, if upheld, could have entitled workers to more than $1 billion in back pay and interest.

But the state’s high court ruled unanimously that lawmakers gave the governor the powers he needed in a February 2009 fiscal bill that cut spending for employee pay by exactly the amount that Schwarzenegger proposed to save with furloughs.

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By surfnow, October 6, 2010 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

it’s been the conservative agenda since reagan- crush unions, privatize, supply-side economics, tax breaks to the wealthiest. and it is succeeding for them. just wait until the midterms and the next presidential election- these ruthless idealogues will have us back to 1900 america- child labor, no unions, 16 hour days, no regulation whatsoever and on and on…hope you’re happy -all you nitwits who have been voting against you own best interests for all these years

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By LadyR, October 5, 2010 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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I knew when the furloughs first started that this was the beginning of the State service being a worthy career choice. We haven’t had a cost of living raise in years; our pay falls below the equivalent in private sector jobs; our union has been effectively neutralized by the government. I’ll bet we never return to our full paychecks again. CA has set a very bad precedent for the rest of the state governments to screw their employees over. I just hope when I get my 30 years in that my pension will still be intact. But the way things are going, I won’t be surprised if between then and now our pensions will have been syphoned by the government to pay off the State deficit. Our Legislature is a total mass of self-seeking incompetents, doing the bidding of their corporate masters.

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By PatrickHenry, October 5, 2010 at 3:22 am Link to this comment

Start with the courts.

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