Judge denies gov's request for furloughs

August 12, 2010 3:26:18 PM PDT
State workers will be on the job this Friday. Just after noon today, The First Appellate District Court in San Francisco let stand a judge's order blocking furloughs for state workers.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to furlough 150,000 state workers for three Friday's every month until a state budget is signed.

The proposal amounts to a 15 percent pay cut for state workers and unions have fought Schwarzenegger's order through legal action. Today's ruling is a win for state employees who want to work full-time without forced time off.

The state faces a $19 billion budget deficit. Schwarzenegger administrative office has vowed to appeal the issue to the California Supreme Court.