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Judge Orders Governor To Stop Furloughs

Sonora, CA — Furlough Fridays could soon be history.

A California judge ruled Thursday that Governor Schwarzenegger abused his discretion in ordering employee furloughs, dealing a blow to the administration’s efforts to cope with California’s ongoing fiscal crisis. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled that the Governor must halt the furloughs of workers represented by three unions, including Service Employees International Union Local 1000, which represents 95,000 state employees.

The judge says the Governor can temporarily overstep the authority of the legislature in an emergency situation, but says that period ended once the legislature approved the state budget.

The Schwarzenegger administration is planning to appeal the decision.

Earlier the judge ruled that a mandatory furlough for state prison guards was also in violation of the law.