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Schwarzenegger files furlough appeal

August 10, 2010 | 12:33 pm

The Schwarzenegger administration Tuesday formally appealed a decision that would block new furloughs for state employees. Lawyers for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger filed paperwork with the 1st District Court of Appeals Tuesday morning.

Schwarzenegger signed an executive order last month reinstating three furlough days per month for state workers beginning on Aug. 13. The furloughs would be in effect until a state budget is passed.

Labor unions have fought the furlough plan arguing they placed an undue burden on state employees. Judge Steven A. Brick sided with those unions Monday, ruling that "the balance of hardships tips in favor" of the workers, who face "great or irreparable harm."

-- Anthony York in Sacramento