The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 27, 2010
CCPOA files furough appeal arguments

The correctional officers' union filed its arguments last week in a continuing battle with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over whether prison officers should be paid for all the hours that they work.

The California Correctional Peace Officers' Association and State Controller John Chiang have said that the governor filed an invalid appeal of an Alameda court's December decision that "self-directed" furloughs for prison officers aren't legal. Chiang said he was constrained to follow the court's decision.

The governor's office says the appeal is valid and automatically maintains the furlough status quo.

The fight wound up in San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal, which sided with Schwarzenegger but gave CCPOA a chance to further argue its case by Jan. 21. Click here and then click here for the arguments made by both sides.

The union met last week's deadline with "opposition to petition for writ of supercedeas" that you can read by clicking here.

The governor's side has until Friday to file a response.

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