The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 5, 2009
UPDATED: State Fund final ruling handed down

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch has handed down his final judgment in the lawsuit brought by the state attorneys union against the government for wrongly furloughing members who work for the State Compensation Insurance Fund.

California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment and three SCIF employee won their case against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, DPA Director Dave Gilb, Controller John Chiang and State Fund President Jan Frank based on law that excludes fund employees from state job reductions.

The order's release now frees the Controller's Office to recalculate pay for the 500 or so employees the decision directly impacts.

It's not clear what this means for State Fund's other unionized workers. Most are employees covered by SEIU Local 1000. Yvonne Walker, the local's president, has criticized the attorneys for bringing the lawsuit. The local is fighting to get a contract through the Legislature than includes furloughs for its 95,000 members -- including those who work for State Fund.

Busch's order stipulates,

That a preliminary and permanent injunction is hereby issued directing the Governor, DPA, Jan Frank as President of State Fund, and the Controller to cease and disist taking any action to furlough petitioners by reducing their hours and reducing their pay under the aforementioned unlawful executive order.

We received the order from CASE this morning after the union alerted members this week to a fraudulent order making the e-mail rounds.

Click here to read the 3-page PDF.

UPDATE June 8, 8 a.m.: We've received Busch's Writ of Mandate, which lays out the reasoning behind his order. Click here to see it.

About Comments

Reader comments on are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

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


Now on the State Worker column

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

State Pay Database

This database allows you to search the salaries of California's 300,000-plus state workers and view up to four years of their pay history.

Latest Capitol Alert headlines

    404 - Not Found - The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California

    404 Not Found

    Our apologies....

    We can't find the page you requested in this location.

    The story may have moved or expired.

    You may wish to:

  • » More on the Capitol Alert blog


May 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31  

Monthly Archives