The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 22, 2010
Union files unfair labor practice charge against Schwarzenegger

California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment on Wednesday filed an unfair labor practice charge against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Department of Personnel Administration.

The union, which represents about 3,800 state legal professionals, contends that the governor and DPA have engaged in bad faith bargaining and violated aspects ofWhite v. Davis by issuing a pay letter that attempts to "punish" CASE members:

The issuance of the pay letter is thus a patent example of the administration
attempting to ensure that CASE members receive no wages despite the fact that even
under the administration's own reading of White v. Davis, those CASE members
employed in positions funded out of a continuous appropriation are entitled to their full
salaries. The pay letter thus represents an example of the administration attempting to
punish CASE members for failing to agree to the Governor's demands.

This link opens the document filed with the Public Employee Relations Board. Click here for the union's e-mail to CASE members about the complaint.

That e-mail also mentions that DPA on Monday tried to intervene in CASE v. Chiang and State Compensation Insurance Fund. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch denied the request but left open the door for the administration to apply again. CASE v. Chiang challenges technical aspects of Schwarzenegger's minimum wage order. Click here for more info about that case.

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