While the city’s Labor Relations Department continues negotiations with municipal unions to achieve $2 million in total concessions the City Council plugged into this year’s operating budget to lessen a tax hit, 66 unaffiliated city employees including mayoral staffers have or will take 6.5 unpaid furlough days to help cut into the number. The savings represents $134,000, according to mayoral spokesperson Elaine Ficarra.
Close to the midpoint of the budget year the city’s asking union employees to agree to 6.5 unpaid furlough days or find other ways to achieve the savings. If they cannot come to an agreement, respective union workers could face pink slips. Reluctant union leaders say membership has stepped up on several occasions in the past to help close the gap on precarious city finances. They’re not inclined to give any more. Will bargaining units hold their ground?
So far eight unionized workers have stepped up on their own to accept the furlough days. If the city and unions do not come to terms soon, the city will likely issue layoff slips as a negotiating tool, a practice used in the past.
To review current salaries of mayoral staffers and calculate what they will each give back in 6.5 unpaid furlough days see here from city’s budget book.