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California state engineers to receive furlough back pay from Jerry Brown

Caltrans workers in a snowstorm at the scene of an oil spill on Interstate 80 near Donner Lake in 2010.
Caltrans workers in a snowstorm at the scene of an oil spill on Interstate 80 near Donner Lake in 2010. The Sacramento Bee

Roughly 16.,000 California state scientists and engineers will receive a total $9 million after Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration said Wednesday that it will not continuing fighting a 3-year-old furlough lawsuit.

In an email to members this afternoon, the California Association of Professional Scientists, one of the two unions that won in both the trial court and appellate court, told members, “The State has decided not to ask the State Supreme Court to review the CAPS furlough win.”

A schedule hasn’t been set for making payments, the scientists’ union said in its email.

The governor’s decision ends a legal battle that started in May 2011 when he imposed two more furlough days on state scientists and engineers than he imposed on their managers. A trial court ruled that Brown overstepped his authority by extending the furloughs and ordered back pay. Last month, an appellate court agreed.

California Department of Human Resources spokeswoman Pat McConahay confirmed that the administration isn’t going to pursue another appeal but had no other comment on the matter.

Call Jon Ortiz, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1043.

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