The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 25, 2009
Read the Local 1000 furlough appeal brief

Thumbnail image for Gavel.jpgThe State Worker has received the brief filed by SEIU Local 1000 with the Third District Court of Appeal that seeks to overturn a Sacramanto Superior Court Judge's ruling that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order is legal. Click here to read the 75-page PDF. (It might take a minute to download, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.)

Among Local 1000's arguments:

  • The governor's power to issue executive orders is limited by the state constitution and the Legislature.
  • Judge Patrick Marlette's ruling is unconstitutional because it "impairs vested contractual rights."
  • Marlette's order violates state workers' due process rights.
  • The order violates the DIlls Act and other laws.

Other state worker unions have filed appeals with the court. You can read about the state scientists and state engineers appeal by clicking here. And this link will send you to a blog post about the state attorneys' and legal professionals' appeal.

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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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