State Unions Seek To Block Hawaii's Furlough Plan

Law360, New York (July 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Three state employee unions in Hawaii have filed suit to block the implementation of a furlough plan put into effect by Gov. Linda Lingle.

The three unions, the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the Hawaii State Teachers Association and the United Public Workers, argue that Lingle does not have the power to unilaterally require state workers to take furloughs and that the plan violates their employment contract with the state.

The unions asked Judge Karl Sakamoto of the First Circuit Court for the State of Hawaii to...
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