The Washington Federation of State Employees has filed suit to block state government’s plan to temporarily lay off upward of a third of state workers on 10 separate days over the next year. It says it has a court hearing next Friday, July 2, to consider its request for an injunction blocking furloughs of state workers, which is supposed to save $38 million in general-fund payroll and about $35 million from other accounts.
Here is an excerpt of what the federation is saying about its action:
The lawsuit alleges, in part, that the furlough plan violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause and the state constitution’s guarantee of freedom from contract impairment. The union also asks the court to freeze the furloughs so the grievance the union filed Tuesday and unfair labor practice complaint filed yesterday can be resolved. A hearing on the motion is expected July 2. Bargaining with 23 agencies that chose to impose the full 10 furlough days is set for July 6 and 7. Bargaining with agencies that chose alternative plans hasn’t been set.