Schwarzenegger can furlough CalPERS workers, judge rules

A San Francisco judge has ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger can furlough employees at the state’s public pension fund.

Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard affirmed Friday that the governor has the authority to furlough workers at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. CalPERS had sought an exemption because its staff is paid through special funds, not from the state’s general fund.

But Woolard ruled that Schwarzenegger’s decision was reasonable to maintain parity with other state agencies that have seen employees furloughed.

The ruling comes one day after an Alameda County judge decided it was illegal for the governor to furlough state prison guards.

More than 20 lawsuits have been filed since Schwarzenegger imposed three mandatory unpaid days off each month for state workers.