A federal judge has blocked the mandatory, one-day-a-week unpaid furloughs of NY state workers which was approved by the state legislature Monday. Yesterday, three unions filed lawsuits requesting an injunction against the furloughs, which would have begun next week. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Kahn says that until he rules on the lawsuits, the state is temporarily blocked from implementing any furloughs, the AP reports. In his decision, Judge, um, KAAAAHHHN said that the unions have shown a permanent 20 percent loss in wages or salaries would constitute irreparable harm. At press time, it was unclear if this court order means Paterson's publicists can get their raises again.