The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 20, 2009
Constitutionals file opening argument in furlough appeal

The constitutional officers, led by State Controller John Chiang and represented by Attorney General Jerry Brown, filed their opening brief in the 3rd District Court of Appeal. As you'll recall, the constitutionals want to keep their employees furlough-free. They're arguing that their constitutional independence means that they can run their shops -- including the schedules of the combined 15,000 or so state workers in their agencies and departments -- as they see fit.

(Quick primer for new blog users: The constitutional officers include Chiang, Brown, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and the Board of Equalization.)

Click here to read the constitutional's opening salvo in this new chapter of the furlough fight. This link will hook you up with a June blog backgrounder on the case/

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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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