The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 19, 2009
CCPOA files furlough lawsuit in Alameda County

As we report in today's State Worker column, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court that challenges Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough policy.

These two paragraphs give you the flavor of the argument:

Due to the 24/7 staffing needs at institutions within CDCR, the current problem of chronic understaffing, and the prohibition on the use of overtime to permit "self-directed" furloughs, it is impossible for CDCR to allow every employee to utilize the 34 deferred furlough days each will accrue during the time period allotted. For the more than 30,000 CDCR employees represented by CCPOA alone, this would require allowing more than one (1) million leave days, an absolute impossibility within a system where understaffing prevents employees from even using their accrued and vested leave credits.

In summary, it will be impossible for CDCR employees, including those represented by CCPOA, to ever use the misnomered "self-directed" furlough days that are the purported quid pro quo for their non-receipt of two days' wages per month. Thus, DPA's plan represents a de facto decrease in total salary paid for all affected employees within CDCR, amounting to approximately 10% of pay, without any commensurate,contemporaneous, or even eventual reduction in workdays or hours.

You can view CCPOA's 25-page court filing here. (Requires Java)


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