D.C. to Furlough Employees on Public Holidays

By WAMU 88.5
|  Thursday, Feb 3, 2011  |  Updated 6:54 AM EDT
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D.C. to Furlough Employees on Public Holidays

Nicholas Rigg

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D.C. is going ahead with its plan to furlough some city employees to help close the budget gap.

The City Council has finalized mayor Vincent Gray's plan to use four public holidays as furloughs. They include Presidents Day, Emancipation Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The move will save the city more than $19 million.

The list of those to be furloughed includes all city employees, except police officers, firefighters and those working at a few quasi government agencies.

In a statement, Washington Teachers Union president Nathan Saunders, while critical of city leaders for mismanaging the budget, called the furloughs the lesser evil when compared to firings.

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