Prison Workers Sue Gov. Schwarzenegger

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A federal class action accuses California of violating labor laws by ordering state workers to work during furlough days, and promising them a day off later. The class of prison and correctional workers reported their grievances to Labor Secretary Hilda Solis in June; now they want action.

     The California Correctional Peace Officers Association, a major political force in California, claims that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his administration are violating federal laws on wages and hours, overtime and record keeping. They seek declaratory judgment and costs. They are represented by James Harrison, of the CCPOA Legal Department.
     California instituted furlough days as part of its long, flailing effort to control a multibillion-dollar budget shortfall.

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