Judge: Schwarzenegger can't furlough prison guards

AP News
Posted: Dec 17, 2009 2:55 PM

A judge has ruled against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order for thousands of California prison guards.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch on Thursday sided with the California Correctional Peace Officers Association and ordered the state to pay prison guards back for the days they worked without pay.

The union argued that Schwarzenegger's furlough order amounted to a wage cut because prison guards could not take time off due to the nature of their work.

Schwarzenegger had imposed three mandatory unpaid days off each month for more than 200,000 state workers this year to help close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.

Roesch's decision applies only to prison guards. Unions representing some other state workers have a separate lawsuit before the judge.