The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 31, 2012
Special fund furlough litigation settled; more details to come

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100602 yolo county gavel.jpgEmployees in five departments will receive back pay for wages lost to furloughs according to a settlement reached between labor and Gov. Jerry Brown's administration.

The deal includes workers at First 5 California, the Prison Industry Authority, the California Earthquake Authority, the California Housing Finance Agency and the California State Lottery, according to sources familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the affected employees hadn't been told as of this morning.

The number of employees affected and the amount of money they'll receive aren't yet known, although one source said that the back pay will not include interest. The departments are all relatively small.

We expect more details later today as the unions and the departments divulge them to their employees.

The settlement lays to rest union litigation that argued that it was illegal to furlough employees in departments that received a significant portion of their budgets from outside the state's beleaguered general fund.


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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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