The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 29, 2010
Court denies CCPOA bid to take paid leave dispute to arbitration

100609 gavel.jpgA Sacramento Superior Court judge on Tuesday ruled that a multimillion dollar lawsuit filed by the state against the California Correctional Peace Officers Association can proceed.

The union had argued that the matter -- which involves money CCPOA owes the state to reimburse wages and benefits paid for members on leave to do union business -- should go to arbitration as provided in their expired contract.

The state, specifically the Department of Mental Health, the Department of Personnel Administration and (mostly) the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, said that the deal to continue union paid leave was a separate agreement, so a taking the matter up in court was appropriate.

(For more details and links to court documents, you can start by clicking here.)

On Tuesday, the court agreed with the state. Here's the tentative ruling, which was subsequently affirmed Tuesday afternoon.

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