Court spokesperson Ann Donlan said some cases scheduled for today would be cancelled. The court will prioritize criminal cases, those involving restraining orders, and those with statutory deadlines. Court proceedings at the Hall of Justice, Civic Center, and Youth Guidance Center will be affected.
Workers set up picket lines around the city's courthouses this morning and are alleging that court management is bargaining in bad faith.
SEIU Local 1021 filed charges with the state's Public Employment Relations Board alleging that the court has refused to bargain over mandatory issues, withheld information from the union so it can bargain properly and has threatened the jobs of union members at the bargaining table.
Court officials said they believe a strike is unlawful under its current contract with SEIU Local 1021 because it contains a no-strike provision. The contract took effect Dec. 5, 2012, and expires on June 30, 2015.