Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Employees Win Preliminary Injunction!

According to a press release generated by Orange County Employee's Association spokeswoman Jennifer Muir this afternoon, Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann of the Orange County Superior Court today granted a Preliminary Injunction to Costa Mesa Employee's Association in the case of the potential layoffs for 100 employees who are their members.

According to early reports, this means the City MAY NOT proceed with any layoffs as a result of the notices given earlier this year having to do with outsourcing of city services. She will issue her written ruling later this week. It's unclear whether the existing Requests For Proposals - which have taken more than 3 months to prepare and have still not been released to the public for bidding - may still be processed, although it is assumed that process will be able to continue.

It is our understanding that this ruling means that, unless some kind of an agreement can be reached between the City and the Costa Mesa Employee's Association regarding the potential layoffs, the issue will go to trial. In the meantime, the City MAY NOT layoff anyone involved in the potentially outsourced unit. More when we know more.

More news to follow when it's available.

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Anonymous Barry WHOOOO said...

YES! YES!! YES!!! You can't bully employees left and right and expect to win- TO YOU doubters.. the CMCEA will prevail in the end.

7/05/2011 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Good news!

Now look for the extremists to ramp up the "union thug" rap/routine.

Maybe there will be a new claim like the claim by Monahan that someone threw a brick or the claim by Menssy that someone vandalized his property.

Cries of "thuggery" will resound, perhaps to keep people from discussing the merits of the actual case at bar.

For starters I'd like to see the extremists on the city council end their vendetta against our excellent police force. Maybe this preliminary ruling will help.

7/05/2011 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Ha! said...

Oooops...Did Riggy see that one coming?

Seriously....The ONLY winners in this mess are the attorneys....Ha!

7/05/2011 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Even though the police union is separate, the ruling sends a message that bullying ANY of the city's personnel should stop.

There's still a LONG way to go and our extremists are well-connected and well-funded.

7/05/2011 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger feral390 said...

But the real winners here are the partners at Jones-Mayer.$cha-ching$

7/05/2011 04:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Council has plan B said...

This is good news.....however it doesn't stop the reorganization that has positions eliminated as of Sept 30th!

Since Newport City Manager has been blabbing....now they are going to consolidate services btwn Costa Mesa and Newport ie; anotherbway off laying off and outsourcing!

I love the verdict ...but I think the City Employees will still get screwed in the end :(

7/05/2011 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous tom thugery said...

those union thugs used the legal system as their weapon. what thugs, how dare they do so!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7/05/2011 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

As a taxpayer who did not like how this was handled from the beginning, well, I got a little smile. I highly recommend the employees remain professional and humble. I see a lot of signs to cancel the layoffs, but the last thing I want to see is "in your face" type of comments. Their is already a villain in this drama, dont turn it around. You have a lot of the taxpayers behind you, dont rub it in our face. (Barry)

I hope this allows the CC to actually take a step back and listen to what the employees have brought to the table in the past, make it a win, win for the taxpayers and the employees.

Cant wait to see how Riggy will spin this.

7/05/2011 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Original Max said...

I'm not a big fan of unions. However, It's nice to see Righeimer prevented from outsourcing all city maintenance jobs to citizens of other countries that are here illegally. It's also nice to see him not be able to ruin the quality of our life, run up a deficit, or open our city up to a great deal of corruption.

7/05/2011 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Colin said...

Joe - I'm hoping they trot out "activist judges", that's always the go to line when a judge doesn't rule in their favor.

Excellent ruling, and the judicially correct one. It was in violation of employee/city agreement. I'm sure if they had RFPs ready to go and reviewed, the judge would have let the layoffs go forward.

7/05/2011 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger patches said...

Yahoo! Yahoo! Yahoo! That's all I can say for now.

7/05/2011 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous extremistdoubter said...

Barry WHOOOO: be careful what you wish for. the books will be balanced, either by layoffs, outsourcing, or pay cuts. a judge cannot stop all three. your only hope is to stall until next election and win both open seats and that is unrealistic. the more you stall reforms the harsher the corrections needed unless the economy gets going. even with an improving economy the public now knows that police and fire is way too expensive and that whoever unions endorse for office will be their puppet. that candidate will lose.

7/05/2011 09:08:00 PM  
Anonymous zerosumgame said...

recall the judge !!
cancel the ruling !!
I'm a waste watcher.

7/05/2011 09:55:00 PM  

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