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PECG and CAPS v. Brown Furlough Answer Brief

PECG and CAPS v. Brown Furlough Answer Brief

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The unions' response to Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of an order to force the state to pay back wages to state workers who were illegally furloughed.
The unions' response to Gov. Jerry Brown's appeal of an order to force the state to pay back wages to state workers who were illegally furloughed.

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Published by: jon_ortiz on Feb 22, 2013
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Case No. A136338IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIAFIRST APPELLATE DISTRICTDIVISION THREEEDMUND G. BROWN, JR., Governor of the State of California,
et al.
,
 Defendants and Appellants
v.PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS IN CALIFORNIAGOVERNMENT,
et al.
,
 Plaintiffs and Respondents.
Appeal from the Superior Court, Alameda CountyThe Honorable Stephen A. Brick, Department 17(Superior Court Case No. RG10494800, consolidated withCase No. RG10530845)
PLAINTIFFS-RESPONDENTS’ ANSWERING BRIEF
BARBARA J. CHISHOLM(SBN 224656)PEDER THOREEN(SBN 217081)Altshuler Berzon LLP177 Post Street, Suite 300San Francisco, CA 94108Telephone: (415) 421-7151Facsimile: (415) 362-8064E-Mail: bchisholm@altber.comGERALD JAMES(SBN 179258)455 Capitol Mall, Suite 501Sacramento, CA 95814Telephone: (916) 446-0400Facsimile: (916) 446-0489E-mail: gjames@pecg.orgAttorneys for Plaintiffs and Respondents Professional Engineers inCalifornia Government, Shabbir Ahmed, Terry Escarda, and CaliforniaAssociation of Professional Scientists
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Certificate of Interested Entities or PersonsTable of Authorities...........................................iiiINTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT..............1STATEMENT OF FACTS......................................3A. Unpaid Furloughs of State Employees Represented By PECGand CAPS.........................................3B. The Budget Act for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 and Reductions toEmployee Compensation.............................4C. Procedural History..................................5ARGUMENT.................................................7I. Mandamus Relief is Appropriate to Remedy the Furloughing of Employees that Exceeded Legislative Authorization.............7II. The Trial Court Correctly Held that Employees Represented byPECG and CAPS Performing Military Base Remediation andHazardous Material Management Could Not Lawfully BeFurloughed Without Violating the Single Subject Rule of theCalifornia Constitution...................................14A. Health and Safety Code §25353.5 and Water Code §13177.7Prohibit the Unpaid Furloughing of State EmployeesPerforming Military Base Remediation and HazardousMaterial Management..............................16B. The Budget Acts Could Not Ratify the Furlough ProgramBecause Any Such Ratification Would Violate the SingleSubject Rule......................................20i
 
III. The Trial Court Correctly Held that Appellants’ Furloughing of Employees in State Bargaining Units 9 and 10 Through the End of March 2011 Exceeded the Legislature’s Authorization of Reductionsto Compensation that Were “Proportionate” to Those of SupervisoryEmployees.............................................29IV. The Trial Court Reasonably Overruled Appellants’ Objections toEvidence of Reductions to Employees’ Compensation in Fiscal Year 2010-2011.............................................35CONCLUSION..............................................40CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE..............................41ii

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