San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charlotte W. Woolard today finalized a ruling ordering the state to reimburse, with interest, back pay for about 7,900 workers at the State Compensation Insurance Fund for 16 furlough days they were forced to take this year.
This is the first step in overturning the governor's illegal efforts to furlough state employees," said Yvonne Walker, president of SEIU, Local 1000, which represents about 6,200 of the workers. "We will keep fighting until we stop furloughs for all state workers."
Woolard ruled Sept. 10 that state law exempts workers at the quasi-public SCIF from staff cutbacks, adding that a furlough "reduces the availability of staff and therefore constitutes a staff cutback."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration plans to appeal the rulings. The back pay order will cost the SCIF fund (not the General Fund) $32.5 million, according to the Department of Finance.