The Service Employees International Union is calling the judge’s order a victory. The 50-thousand work in agencies that don’t rely on the state’s general fund. That includes the D.M.V, which is supported by fees. Yvonne Walker is President of the S.E.I. U Local 1000. She says the furloughs have taken a toll on workers.
“Some of them have lost their houses. They haven’t been able to be good citizens by paying their bills on time…”
Walker also said the stay on workers’ back pay was not lifted by the judge. In response to the order, Governor Schwarzenegger noted the savings of more than a billion dollars in difficult times.
“The pain is to be shared amongst state employees the same as in the private sector and I think by the end of this fiscal year those furloughs are over..”
A spokesman for the Governor said he’ll appeal the decision. That could result in another stay and resuming furloughs. There are more than 200-thousand state workers in California.