CCPOA gives up on furlough fight

Feb 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Furloughs & Layoffs, Spotlight, Unions
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The State Worker: Some California unions drop furlough cases; two soldier on

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)

10 Comments to “CCPOA gives up on furlough fight”

  1. Gps3056 says:

    Oh great another half started project and no finish. DAPO is on the brink of dimise and we are witnessing the downfall of the institutions. Good ol’ boys made agreements with the GOV to use DAPO as the pawn and they were mislead. Institutions will fall and what hurt DAPO will reach inside the walls. Thx again lookin out leadership and try next time to think beyond the four walls.

  2. WhereIsTheBod says:

    It came down to money for them or money for the membership. I guess MJPOA comes first. Great job Mike, you win again, we lose again. The good news is Mike Jimenez and his band of merry men scraped enough together to enjoy themselves and send it to the Secretary of State’s web site.

    $1,200 for Cigars from Nestor Castillo on 4/8/11,

    $1,080 for an auctioneer on 4/15/11,

    1,000 for lighting on 4/8/11,

    $700 for Rinaldo Crooks Jazz Band on 4/8/11,

    $1,957.50 for Name Badges on 4/15/11,

    $2,516 for a silent auction commission for Art’s Sports Artifacts,

    $4,710 to Sabrina Berhane for consultation on 4/15/11,

    $22,935.97 for food and booze at the Firehouse Restaurant on 5/2/11,

    $10,000 to rent a space at the The Firehouse restaurant on 2/10/11,

    $42,000 to Nina Salarno’s group Crime Victims United,

    $12,000 to Terri Aland Barbuto of Nina Salarno’s group Crime Victims United,

    $58,500 to Juan Vasquez for consulting,

    $48,000 to Mike Flores for consulting,

    $200,000 to Perata for consulting plus a $1,950 political contribution,

    $36,000 to Happee Trails LLC. Jose Luis Adame is manageing director of Happee Trails LLC. Jose Luis Adame is a managing member along with Mike Jimenez of M & L Landscaping along with . The main business of M & L Landscaping is cutting lawns. Who knew Jimenez had a second business mowing lawns!!

    • 1962 says:

      Consulting? Sign me up, I can do that, a little extra cash.

    • pacovilla says:

      I don’t mind you cross-posting this from unit6slimes.com but you need to provide some sources if you are going to accuse people of wrong doing. Are there links or other resources to support this information? I have seen the corporationwiki page and it could have been posted by anyone. I doubt Happee Trails LLC or L & M Landscaping exist other than in the minds of the idiots at unit6slimes. If I am wrong, PLEASE pony up with the goods and I will post it prominently.

  3. Gadfly says:

    It is difficult for any union to argue reasonably before the Court (in the shadow of such a huge spending deficit like California’s) that furlough days are bad, when layoffs are obviously worse. No employment contract with a government entity is cast in stone. And any State employee has a right to be disillusioned with the system.

    Harp on Republicans until you are blue in the face, but the Democrats have controlled the State legislature for an awfully (and painfully) long time.

    Something else to chew on.

  4. 1962 says:

    Hard to win when CCPOA hires the stupidest law firm they could find. It doesn’t help when the judges are on the opponents side either. CCPOA probably is short on cash is the real reason why they dropped the cases.

    • WhereIsTheBod says:

      Holy Shit the Happee Trails LLC is legit. All you have to do is Google Happee Trails LLC and click on search results and it takes you to Corporationwiki who has a connection visualizer that has Michael L. Jimenez as a managing Officer located in Sacramento and his business is lawn mowing and Jose Adame is the Managing Officer. What a bunch of POS are EC and ex-EC are. They are laundering are dues money for their personal gain and the BOD keep on turning a bind eye to the whole situation. Somebody on that board better wake up and file a Chapter 13 and suspend them from their positions and initiate an investigation.

  5. Bob Walsh says:

    I admit I would feel better if I was certain this was a legitimate strategic decision reached for legal reasons or a political bone thrown to Jerry for political reasons.

  6. AJ Honeylake says:

    Maybe it’s time we stopped paying dues? What good are they for?

    • WhereIsTheBod says:

      Juan “The Driver” Vasquez also has an LLC under his name and is associated with these LLC’s. Can anyone on the BOD say fiduciary responsibility. Remember that means you are responsible and obligated to protect the interest of the members not the EC, and it appears there is enough questionable activities concerning CCPOA members dues money being spent illegally and used by the EC for personal gain……….. BOD members you better wake up or your going to be responsible as well. Remember ignorance of the law is not a legal defense.Juan “The Driver” Vasquez also has an LLC under his name and is associated with these LLC’s. Can anyone on the BOD say fiduciary responsibility. Remember that means you are responsible and obligated to protect the interest of the members not the EC, and it appears there is enough questionable activities concerning CCPOA members dues money being spent illegally and used by the EC for personal gain……….. BOD members you better wake up or your going to be responsible as well. Remember ignorance of the law is not a legal defense.