The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 7, 2009
Judge who ruled in first State Fund furlough case won't hear another

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It looks like Peter Busch, the San Francisco Superior Court judge whose ruling exempted State Compensation Insurance legal staff from furlough, may not hear another State Fund furlough complaint brought by Service Employees International Union Local 1000.

Busch, who handed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger his first furlough-fight legal loss a few months ago, issued a tentative ruling today that he won't hear an SEIU lawsuit to exempt about 5,000 State Fund employees the union represents. Click here to read the tentative ruling.

To get the backstory on the Local 1000's lawsuit, which mirrors the successful argument brought the state legal professionals' union, click here.

So is this a loss for the union? We called Local 1000 spokesman Jim Zamora and asked. His answer: Nope.

"We feel the governor is trying to buy time because Judge Busch's ruling still stands as a matter of law," Zamora said. "The tentative ruling today has nothing to do with the merits of our case."

By the way, Zamora was en route to Oakland, where Local 1000 leaders are meeting to talk about their next move, now that members have given them permission to call job actions up to and including a strike.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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