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Fresno must pay $575,000 in back wages to workers

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- A state labor-relations board has ordered Fresno to pay an estimated $575,000 in back wages and interest to hundreds of workers who were illegally furloughed during the city's financial crisis.

The Fresno Bee reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1oKjrfv) that the Public Employment Relations Board called for the city to pay wages for a lost week and seven percent interest for 18 months.

Stationary Engineers Local 39 filed an unfair labor practices claim three years ago. It alleged Fresno violated state law by failing to “meet and confer” with union officials before imposing a 40-hour-per-worker furlough in the 2011-12 fiscal year.

An administrative law judge and the board agreed.

City Manager Bruce Rudd conceded that the city should have met with the union to discuss the furlough's impact.

The union has about 700 members, many of whom work at public utilities.

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Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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