The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 22, 2009
Union: Alameda furlough lawsuit ruling 'any day'

The board of directors for California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment issued an update of various lawsuits it is pursuing on behalf of members or that it's following with great interest.

Four of the six cases mentioned in the memo to members involve furlough lawsuits. Here's what the e-mail says about the Alameda case:

We are anticipating a ruling from the Alameda County Superior Court any day. As you may have heard, Judge Roesch issued a favorable ruling to CCPOA on Thursday, December 17th. That case was argued the same day as the CASE Petition, and while there are discrete legal issues between the two cases, certainly the ruling in the CCPOA matter suggests that the judge takes a dim view of the notion that the Governor can declare an indefinite "emergency" and use that emergency to assert extraordinary power not conferred by law.

Click here to read the memo CASE issued on Friday. And our constantly updated Furlough Fights spreadsheet lays out the cases, the players and the arguments in all 23 of the furlough lawsuits now active in the courts.

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