Alameda Co judge orders back pay for furlough workers

February 25, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Alameda County judge on Thursday ordered back pay for thousands of state workers who were sent home on furlough.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered the furloughs to reduce a massive budget deficit.

However, the judge ruled the furloughs illegal for union workers who do not get paid out of the general fund.

The governor plans to appeal.