The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 18, 2009
State lawyers file lawsuit over loss of two holidays
The group that represents state attorneys, hearing officers and administrative law judges is turning to the courts with a lawsuit against the Schwarzenegger administration over a law passed in February, claiming that eliminating two paid state holidays is illegal and violates their union contract.

The holidays at issue are Lincoln's Birthday (Feb.12)  and Columbus Day, which this year falls on Oct. 12.

The union, CASE -- the California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment -- first filed a grievance in August with the Department of Personnel Administration.

In a statement on its Web site, the CASE board of directors says DPA failed to respond and completely ignored the grievance. So late on Thursday, CASE filed a civil complaint in San Francisco Superior Court asking for an injunction to stop the elimination of the paid days off.

CASE said the two holidays are "material, bargained-for contractual rights," and it's vowing to do whatever it must to protect them.

DPA spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley wasn't immediately available to comment -- it's furlough Friday -- but we'll update if she gets back to us.

To read the court case records, click here.

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