The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 10, 2009
Read today's State Fund furlough ruling

Thumbnail image for Gavel.jpgWe've received a copy of San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard's ruling that State Compensation Insurance Fund employees are exempt from furloughs. Click here to read it.

The order, which relies on state insurance code specific to State Fund employees, is silent on back pay. SEIU Local 1000, which filed the suit, said in a statement today that it will "vigorously pursue retroactive back pay with interest for its members."

The governor's office has said the administration will appeal, but fund employees will be off furlough while that plays out.

"We have shared the order with the State Controller's Office," State Fund spokeswoman Jennifer Vargen said. "They are reviewing it, and we will work with them on implementing it."

We're waiting to hear from the local for a comment on its win.

For earlier posts about furlough lawsuits and State Fund, click here.


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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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