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December 5, 2011
Special fund furlough lawsuit revived in Oakland court

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100602 yolo county gavel.jpgA remnant of the "special funds" furlough litigation pressed by SEIU Local 1000 is set for a court hearing later this month.

The matter, Service Employees International Union Local 1000 and Yvonne Walker v. Arnold Schwarzenegger, revisits the union's argument that furloughs were illegally applied to departments that receive money outside of the general fund.

Local 1000 initially won that argument for 63 departments, but San Francisco's 1st District Court of Appeal in July overturned that ruling. It made exceptions for five departments that it said deserved further argument in the lower court: First 5 California, the Prison Industry Authority, the California Earthquake Authority, the California Housing Finance Agency and the Office of Administrative Hearing. Click here for more background.

The local asked the California Supreme Court to consider the case. It refused.

The case covering those five departments -- and a sixth that the union wants to bring into the case, the California State Lottery Commission -- gets its first court hearing on Dec. 29 at 3:45 p.m. in Alameda Superior Court in Oakland. The state has until Friday to file its arguments with the court. The union has until Dec. 23 to file a response.

We expect the Department of Administration, which handles furlough litigation for the state, to ask for a continuance, given the relatively short time between Alameda Superior Judge Frank Roesch's Nov. 22 order and the Friday deadline for the state's filing.
Walker and SEIU Local 1000 v. Schwarzennegger


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