NJ unions go to court over furloughs

April 16, 2009 4:39:17 AM PDT
Lawyers for 200,000 public workers in New Jersey are heading to court Thursday to halt worker furloughs. The union lawyers will ask an appellate panel in Morristown to stay an emergency rule giving Gov. Jon S. Corzine the authority to furlough state workers for a day in May and another in June. Corzine wants the unpaid days off to help balance the budget.

A stay would set aside furloughs until the courts can decide.

The unions say the Civil Service Commission arbitrarily declared the state in economic peril to give Corzine, county and municipal leaders the authority to temporarily lay off workers.

The unions say the furloughs violate their contracts. Corzine says furloughs and needed because of the recession.

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