Judge Issues TRO Against NYS Furloughs

Those one-day-a-week furloughs of state workers Governor Paterson wanted to impose next week won't be happening. A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against the plan. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

REPORTER: In the order Judge Lawrence Khan says that any future emergency spending bills cannot include the furloughs and that Paterson also cannot withhold four-percent raises for workers that were agreed to in their contract.

The salary increases were supposed to have taken effect in early April. But the governor has delayed them saying the state was short on cash. Paterson called the ruling unfortunate, but predicted that he would ultimately win in the courts.

The president of the state's largest public workers union, Danny Donohue of the Civil Service Employees Association says the judges action is a major victory for working people. In Albany, I'm Karen DeWitt.

REPORTER: The judge has ordered a hearing to be held May 26th, on the constitutional challenges brought by four unions.