Union: Furlough Plan Doesn't Make Sense

SACRAMENTO -- A union that represents state transportation workers and engineers is challenging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plans for cuts and furloughs to conserve cash.

The Professional Engineers in California Government filed a lawsuit Monday in Sacramento County Superior Court, claiming the governor cannot adjust salaries without labor negotiations.

Bruce Blanning, the union's director, said it doesn't make sense to send people home when they could be helping the state's economy recover. The union represents 13,000 state engineers and professionals.

It seeks an injunction against an executive order Schwarzenegger signed last week that requires all state workers to take two days off a month without pay or an equivalent pay cut.

He also ordered state agencies to cut their payrolls by 10 percent.



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