The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 15, 2011
Hearing date set for third 'special funds' furlough case

San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal has set Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. to hear arguments in California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment v. Schwarzenegger.

This is the third of three key lawsuits in which Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch decided that employees in so-called "special fund" departments had been illegally furloughed.

Three-judge panels in the same appellate court have entirely or partially overturned Roesch decisions in the other two cases. This link gives you background and court documents on SEIU Local 1000's 92-percent loss last week. Click here for our report on the 1st District Court's decision in Union of American Physicians and Dentists v. Schwarzenegger.

From where we sit, CASE is pushing a legal boulder uphill, given the first two special fund lawsuit decisions.

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