Attorneys for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association have filed their opposition to a request by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that the state continue paying correctional officers reduced wages while the administration appeals a key court ruling over "self-directed" furloughs.
Union lawyers responded to Schwarzenegger's contention that his appeal of Judge Frank Roesch's Dec. 29 decision that prison officers were illegally furloughed should automatically keep Controller John Chiang from restoring their full pay for January.
Chiang has said that the judge's decision can't be appealed for a technical reason that we explained in this blog post. He plans to pay correctional officers for all the time they've worked instead of accepting that they can work through furlough days and take the time off down the road. (Roesch found that deferring furlough time off beyond a given pay period while cutting wages by the furlough amount is illegal.)
And as we reported here, Schwarzenegger on Thursday filed with the 1st District Court of Appeal to keep Chiang from acting on his plan.
Now, with the state payroll processing deadline looming next week the union has jumped in on Chiang's side. And we have the court docs: