The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 7, 2009
Marlette hands down final order on constitutional officer furloughs

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette has issued his final ruling on constitutional officer furloughs. It affirms his Mar. 12 tentative ruling that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order applies to employees working under constitutional officers.

You can view the 6-page document here. And this link will take you to Marlette's order that Controller John Chiang apply Schwarzenegger's furlough order to SCO employees, those working for other constitutional officers and the BOE.

Despite Marlette's ruling, state workers continue to e-mail us with questions about whether employees in constitutionally independent departments will be furloughed. DPA spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley last week said the administration didn't know what the constitutionals are doing.

As promised, we've contacted folks who speak for State Controller John Chiang, Attorney General Jerry Brown, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi and the BOE.

While we're waiting to hear back from everyone, we thought it would be interesting to see how the number of union-represented employees stack up in each department, since SEIU Local 1000 workers have a one-day-per-month furlough provision in the contract now awaiting legislative action and the governor's signature.

What follows is a tally, by constitutional office and union representation, according to the Schwarzenegger administration's Mar. 9 court filing in the constitutional furlough lawsuit:

State Controller
SEIU - 916
CASE - 4
Total - 920

Attorney General
SEIU - 2,186
PECG - 2
CASE - 954
CAPS - 9
Total - 3,151

Secretary of State
SEIU - 374
CASE - 15
Total - 389

State Treasurer
SEIU - 153
CASE - 2
Total - 155

Superintendent of Public Instruction
SEIU - 2,199
PECG - 2
CASE - 14
Total - 2,215

Insurance Commissioner
SEIU - 685
CASE - 75
Total - 760

SEIU - 3,440
PECG - 1
CASE - 65
Total - 3,506

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