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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 01/26/2011

President's Day will be furlough day for city employees

By Nikita Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) reminded D.C. Council members Wednesday that President's Day will be the first of four furlough days to save the city $19.3 million for the remainder of fiscal 2011.

In December, the council, with Gray as chairman, approved a $188 million gap-closing plan, requiring non-essential government workers to give up their pay on upcoming holidays, President's Day, Emancipation Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day.

The Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Services and the Child and Family Services Agency are exempt. Quasi-government agencies, such as DC Water and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, also are exempt.

City Administrator Allen Y. Lew has already met with 24 labor unions to go over the upcoming days off, Gray told council members at a breakfast meeting Wednesday morning.

The legislation approved in December gives the city government the option of also making Labor Day a furlough day to save additional money, but Gray said he has not made a decision.

By Nikita Stewart  | January 26, 2011; 11:38 AM ET
 
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So there we have it. Quasi governmental agencies (BTW this is where many friends and relatives of politicians are employed) who exsist off of taxes and fees paid by the citizenry are exempt. Any organization who is supported by public funds must be included in any government wide cost cutting program.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 26, 2011 2:03 PM | Report abuse

So there we have it. Quasi governmental agencies (BTW this is where many friends and relatives of politicians are employed) who exsist off of taxes and fees paid by the citizenry are exempt. Any organization who is supported by public funds must be included in any government wide cost cutting program.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | January 26, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Emancipation Day?

Posted by: jckdoors | January 26, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Is the Washington Convention & Sports Authority so "essential" that its employees can't take furlough days?

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 26, 2011 9:02 PM | Report abuse

What about DOC and DYRS? The Department of Corrections runs the adult jail and the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services runs the juvenile jail and the juvenile "prison" New Beginnings. Those are all 24-hour facilities. Should they not be treated in the same manner as CFSA and excluded from the furlough.

Either this reporting is incomplete or Council and Mayor Gray miscalculated the cost savings.

Posted by: jmc39 | January 27, 2011 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you working class District Govt employees. You were promised vacation day benefits when you were hired and now DC is going to renege on it's employment promise. Nobody cares though, because stealing an $18,000 a year workers promised vacation pay, is the easiest way to close the $188 million budget gap. Shame on you Mayor Gray.

A furlough day is a day you don't work and you don't get paid. Snatching vacation pay from the most defenseless employment group in plain view of the world in the nations capital is hypocrisy of the highest order. President Obama, please stop this from happening to the District's lower middle class and minimum wage workers. Furlough day maybe, but to just take worker's promised vacation pay is a breach of contract.

Posted by: b8andswitch | January 30, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If you must furlough DC workers, then make sure it is ALL workers from the mayor on down. A day without pay should be a day off, not a vacation day that you are under contract to pay me. What's the point in signing a contract if the parties don't have to live up to their signatures?

Posted by: pat1117 | February 1, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

This is not a furlough day. We do not get paid to work on holidays. We are salaried employees and thus our salary is calculated for the number of working days we have in a year.

So, all of a sudden we are paid to not work on holidays? Is that the logic of the the DC Government and Mayor?

C'mon....so what kind of government pays all of its employees NOT TO WORK on holidays? No wonder we have a deficit. What else do we get paid not to do?????

At least have the decency and honesty to call it what it is: you are simply docking everyone four days' pay.

Can anyone tell the truth anymore?

Posted by: mfalcon | February 1, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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