Jon Ortiz | Sacramento Bee
The California Correctional Peace Officers Association quietly dropped two furlough lawsuits last week, one in Alameda Superior Court and the other a federal case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Another union, the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association, dropped an Alameda case linked to CCPOA’s litigation.
The unions had argued that furloughing their combined 39,000 or so members violated various state and federal laws. Their move to dismiss the cases was the latest win for Gov. Jerry Brown in a battle that started when he was attorney general.
Brown didn’t want the fight. He has always thought cutting state workers’ monthly hours and pay by up to 15 percent was unwise, but he inherited the policy from the Legislatureand his Republican predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In December 2008, the unions and Schwarzenegger launched an epic battle, suing and countersuing over the “Furlough Fridays” that started in February 2009 and ran through last March.
A handful of the 40-plus lawsuits went to the California Supreme Court, which ruled the policy was legal. That killed most of the cases left in the lower courts…
CCPOA and CSLEA members didn’t get anything for dropping their lawsuits, which were so hobbled that their lawyers advised them to cut their losses.
“There was just very little left of the case,” said Gary Messing, an attorney with Carroll, Burdick & McDonough LLP, a firm representing both unions…(Full text at Sacramento Bee)