Planned state furloughs tied up in union lawsuit

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Faced with California’s ongoing budget crisis, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger announced that all state workers must take two unpaid days off every month beginning in February.

The austerity measure didn’t sit very well with two labor unions that represent some of the estimated 230,000 state employees potentially affected by the furloughs. They filed legal challenges to the governor’s authority to alter the terms and conditions of the union contracts previously negotiated by the unions and the state of California.

The unions claim only the Legislature can make changes to existing labor agreements.

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