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STATE EMPLOYEE CUTS BLOCKED BY COURT AGAIN

 STATE EMPLOYEE CUTS BLOCKED BY COURT AGAIN
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. Wilson has once


again been thwarted in his attempt to impose pay and benefit cuts for state workers.
 The Third District Court of Appeal has refused to overturn for now Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James T. Ford's earlier ruling that said the Governor has no right to unilaterally implement a 5 percent pay reduction and an increase in health care costs without a collective bargaining agreement.
 "This governor is not above the law," said CSEA Civil Service Division Director Perry Kenny. "The law clearly states that employees do have rights...rights that the state continues to ignore."
 The Court of Appeal will set a full hearing on the Governor's appeal. It's not known when that will be. In the meantime, the paychecks of rank-and-file employees will stay intact with no reductions.
 The court's decision stems from the Governor's move in early November to force pay and benefit cuts after the highway patrol and scientists didn't reach agreement with the state through mediation. Originally, the Governor scheduled implementation of the cuts for Nov. 12, but was prevented by Judge Ford's order.
 Judge Ford based his ruling upon a 1981 law which prohibits the Governor from adjusting pay without the consent of the Legislature.
 "The courts, again, have said the Governor doesn't have dictatorial powers over state employees' salaries and benefits. The Legislature clearly must be a part of the process," Kenny said.
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 /CONTACT: Pat McConahay of the California State Employees Association, 916-326-4379/ CO: California State Employees Association ST: California IN: SU:


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