April 24 Editor's note: This item was erroneously posted with an April 22 date stamp. We have changed the date of the post to reflect when it was actually posted, April 23.
After we filed today's print and online story about the state Supreme Court turning down Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's request to consolidate several key furlough cases, we received this e-mailed statement from SEIU Local 1000 President Yvonne Walker late Thursday:
Unfortunately, today's Supreme Court decision only prolongs a policy that is harmful to state employees, our families, our communities and the state of California," Walker said. "It never should have come to this - we signed a contract that would have saved the state more than $350 million, but he chose to disregard it and illegally implement furloughs.
Local 1000 did not initiate the consolidation of these cases, but we chose to support this action in the hopes of a speedier end to illegal furloughs. We will continue to aggressively litigate the illegal furloughs in all courts until all state workers are made whole.