The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

April 13, 2010
Appellate court issues second furlough decision

San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal has again sided with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger by deciding to keep furloughs in place for state workers in "special fund" departments named in SEIU Local 1000 v. Schwarzenegger while the case is appealed.

The governor is fighting a lower court ruling in this case and two others. Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch last month ordered workers restored to full hours and pay if they worked in one of the departments named in lawsuits brought by Local 1000, CASE and Union of American Physicians & Dentists.

Schwarzenegger then asked the 1st District Court to keep furloughs in place, winning temporary stays in all three cases on Mar. 30. This latest decision makes the temporary stay permanent while the court considers Schwarzenegger's appeal.

Here's the wording of the ruling, which you can find on the court's Web site:

The petition for writ of supersedeas is granted as follows: Pending resolution of the appeal herein, the "Order Granting in Part Motion for Relief from Automatic Stay," filed March 23, 2010, in Service Employees International Union Local 1000, and Yvonne Walker v. Schwarzenegger et al., Alameda County Superior Court Number RG-09-456750, is stayed. The stay will remain in effect until issuance of the remittitur or upon further order of this court.

The appellate court on Monday issued a similar decision in the UAPD case, as we reported here. The court hasn't yet issued a ruling on the governor's third stay request in the CASE matter.

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