The day before a San Francisco judge said the Department of Personnel Administration was within legal bounds when it told state workers to treat Columbus Day and the upcoming Lincoln's Birthday like any other workday, SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker sent letters to about 130 department and agency heads.
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After referencing the union's position that Columbus Day is a paid holiday according to the evergreen terms of the union's expired contract until new labor agreement says otherwise, the head of the 95,000-employee union looks ahead to this Friday:
This applies equally to our bargaining unit members' right to take Lincoln's Birthday on Feb. 12, 2010.
Of course, this Friday also is a furlough day, so most employees represented by Local 1000 don't have to decide whether to show up for work. Last October, the dispute escalated after Walker urged employees to stay home and DPA threated to discipline anyone who did.
IMAGE: Yvonne Walker / Sacramento Bee, 2008