Appellate court rules furloughed state workers to stay home without pay

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A California Department of Motor Vehicles customer peers into the door of a closed DMV branch July 10, 2009 in Corte Madera, California. File photo.

Thousands of state workers will stay home as usual this Friday — without pay. A state appeals court today froze a lower court’s ruling that would have ended mandatory furloughs for more than 50,000 employees.

The First District Court of Appeals ordered thousands of state workers to stay home this coming Friday. 

The Schwarzenegger administration ordered furloughs the first three Fridays of the month for most state employees. 

The governor made that decision last year to save money in the state’s general fund.  But some of the furloughed workers — including employees of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Lottery and Caltrans — draw their paychecks from special funds.

The Service Employees International — California’s largest civil service union — challenged those furloughs in court and won.  Just last week a Northern California Superior Court judge had ordered the state to allow those employees to return to full-time work with full-time pay. 

The appellate ruling overturns that decision.

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