President's Day will be furlough day for city employees
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.
| January 26, 2011; 11:38 AM ET
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