Injunction Blocking Layoffs And Outsourcing Upheld!
According to a press release issued just after noon today by Jennifer Muir, Assistant General Manager of the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), the "Fourth District Court of Appeal has upheld a preliminary injunction blocking the City of Costa Mesa from laying off more than 100 employees and outsourcing their jobs to the private sector"
"HUGE MORALE BOOST"
Muir's release quotes Helen Nenadal, president of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA) as saying, "This is a huge boost for employee morale during a dark period in Costa Mesa's history."
JUDGE SCHUMANN'S INJUNCTION AFFIRMED
You will recall that Superior Court Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann issued a preliminary injunction blocking the City from outsourcing to the private sector. It was not precluded from shifting jobs to other government agencies, however. The City appealed that decision to the Fourth District Court of Appeals, which affirmed Judge Schumann's order in its entirety.
BACK TO COURT - LEGAL BILLS PILING UP
This means we go back to court sometime in the near future. In the meantime, the legal bills just keep on piling up - a result of the current council's stubborn refusal to deal with the employees in a forthright manner. Those bills have totaled more than $2 million for the fiscal year that just ended and that figure is not yet complete.
NO CITY RESPONSE YET
I've inquired of the City for a response but its official reply to this situation is still pending. If and when I hear more I will update this entry.
EMPLOYEES BREATHING EASIER
In the meantime, the employees who would have been affected by this situation - those who have received as many as a half-dozen layoff notices in recent months - can breath a little easier, for now.
HOW WILL THIS AFFECT THE ELECTIONS?
It is unclear how this decision by the court will affect the municipal election. We can almost be guaranteed that folks on both sides of this issue will try to find a way to use this decision to their advantage. It's not going to be pretty.