County Workers To Be Furloughed For Five Days

November 27, 1991

County Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, and County Executive Charles I. Ecker agreed Monday to furlough employees on Christmas, New Year's Day and three days in between.

The five furlough days -- Dec. 25, 26, 27, 31 and Jan. 1 -- were approved by the council in a straw vote, Gray said.

However, the council will not vote on furlough legislation until Dec. 16.

The early announcement will also enable the payroll office to pay employees on Dec. 24 instead of Dec. 27, as originally planned, Gray said.

The five-day furlough will cut employees' pay 2 percent and will shave $1 million from the county's expected deficit of $14.5 million.

Monday's announcement will not affect negotiations the police and fire unions are conducting with the administration in an attempt to avoid furloughs, Gray said.

More than 400 employees from other departments signed a petition last week asking Ecker and the council to require public safety employees to accept the five-day furlough along with everyone else.

If public safety employees are furloughed, the dates of their five non-paid absences and those of the state's Attorney's Office will be specially negotiated, Gray said.

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