SACRAMENTO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order to furlough state workers, dealing a major victory to part of the governor’s budgeting plans.

The court issued its unanimous ruling Monday. It concluded that the state Legislature’s 2009 budget legislation “validated the governor’s furlough program.”

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State employee unions have been challenging Schwarzenegger’s order ever since he implemented two-day-a-month furloughs for more than 200,000 state workers in February 2009. He later expanded it to three days a month, which has translated to a pay cut of roughly 14 percent for government employees.

Schwarzenegger said the move was intended to save money as California faced a severe budget crisis, but his order prompted the filings of more than two dozen lawsuits.

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Comments (12)
  1. ginny25 says:

    To all State workers, welcome to the real world. People in the private sector have been taking pay cuts for furlough days ever since the economy tanked. You’re no different then the rest of us.

    1. Rhonda says:

      So come work for the state then ginny25.

  2. marvin Sheann says:

    contract value in the state of California in the eyes of the supreme court is no longer valid. since most of the judges are appointed by the governor is only makes sense the ruling will be in the governor side

    1. Rhonda says:

      Nicely said marvin

  3. Buck says:

    Welcome to the new world state workers and union people. Alot of small bussiness is gone. Most priavte sector employees get pay cuts and hour cuts and benefit cuts on the rare occasion they keep there jobs. I say welcome.

  4. Sebastian Gonzalgo says:

    whew… good thing I didn’t applied for a job in the State Dept. Apply for the County instead – NO FURLOUGHS, NO LAY-OFFS, NONE!

    1. Sebastian Gonzalgo says:

      although you get paid less… BETTER THAN NOT HAVING A JOB AT ALL!!!

  5. Barbara says:

    Most of you are missing the point. I am a state worker and we are well aware of how others are taking furloughs, cuts, etc. Our predicament is based soley on being used as pawns between arnold and the legislature. We come to work every day while others are deciding on the state budget. We pay the price for others NOT doing their jobs. We have been sacrificing for years…..

  6. Muneer says:

    The state of California is neither a profitable organization nor it is privately owned.. It is the largest single employer in this in the state and contains all kinds of professions, labor, sales, doctor’s lawyer…etc. every profession has its contract. It is simplify unwise to draw comparison for the state of California work force to small mom and pop shops. One single person should contain that much power to making simple socialistic decisions unilaterally, the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration has been trying to run the state as private entity and w/o delivering what’s needed to average Californians. Sadly the presenters of the land laws “the supreme court” had basically disregarded all legal union contracts as they were of nonexistence, the value of any contracts has become no longer be necessary!

  7. forty8 says:

    heheheheheh its gonna be fun to watch Brownie handle the state mess once he gets sworn in

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