The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 9, 2010
State Supreme Court snaps up more furlough lawsuits

100609 gavel.jpgThe California Supreme Court has taken over the three original furlough cases decided by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette. Those cases were pending in Sacramento's 3rd District Court of Appeal.

All the documents filed in the appellate court will be treated as though they had been filed in the Supreme Court.

The cases are three of the seven that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger failed to convince the court to consider earlier this year. Now speculation will surely begin anew about what the justices are thinking, particularly because they have asked for all sides to file briefs on two issues:

1. The effect of Government Code section 19996.22, which permits employees to file grievances over involuntary reductions in hours, on the furlough Executive Orders, and

2. The effect of the revised 2008 Budget Act, which reduced appropriations for employee compensation on (a) the furlough Executive Orders and (b) the remedy, if any, to which the unions may be entitled.

The court set a June 23 deadline for simultaneous supplemental letter briefs and June 30 for simultaneous reply letter briefs.

Click here for the court's order concerning PECG / CAPS v. Schwarzenegger, which is consolidated with SEIU Local 1000 v. Schwarzenegger and CASE v. Schwarzenegger


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