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June 13, 2008 | Howard Blume
The teachers union Thursday vowed to take any necessary steps, including legal action, to reverse the school board's decision this week to impose four days off without pay on employees as part of budget-cutting measures. "A furlough day is just a euphemism for pay cut," said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. "Pay cuts for teachers will not help us attract and keep the best and the brightest to teach Los Angeles students." Unlike many other school systems, the Los Angeles Unified School District said it would not lay off teachers to balance a deficit created mostly by state funding reductions, but more than 500 other employees will lose their jobs.
November 24, 2009 | By Jason Song
About 20,000 Los Angeles school district workers have agreed to four unpaid furlough days to help close a large budget gap, officials announced Monday. Two units of Service Employees International Union Local 99 representing cafeteria workers, bus drivers and other employees approved the measure last week by a combined vote of 953 to 234, said Blanca Gallegos, a union spokeswoman. The members will take one furlough day per month from February through May. The move will save about $7.7 million, according to union officials.
November 5, 2009 | David Zahniser
Still facing a $100-million budget shortfall, the City Council has given the go-ahead to cut the pay of 800 more employees, imposing a 5% reduction for city workers who do not belong to a union. Looking to save $2 million, the council agreed to take four hours of pay out of the 80-hour paychecks of department heads, policy analysts, human resources employees and aides to council members, according to a memo issued Monday by City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, the city's top budget official.
August 8, 2008 | David Zahniser
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday scrapped plans for $23 million in mandatory worker furloughs after reaching an agreement with city employee unions to cut costs elsewhere. The mayor and the Coalition of L.A. City Unions agreed to only $3 million in furloughs, or unpaid days off, all of them voluntary. Mandatory furloughs had been considered a pivotal part of the mayor's plan to eliminate a $406-million budget shortfall. Villaraigosa spokesman Matt Szabo said, however, that the mayor was happy to avoid such a move.
September 9, 2010 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
The California Supreme Court appeared inclined Wednesday to uphold the legality of forced furloughs for more than 200,000 state employees, a measure that saved the state more than $1 billion but that infuriated labor unions and inundated the courts with lawsuits. Members of the state high court, meeting for oral argument in San Francisco, indicated through their questions that the furloughs that began in February 2009 were likely to be ruled legal even though the governor may have lacked unbridled authority to order them.
May 14, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will furlough most of its 800,000 civilian employees for 11 days, a decision that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called “difficult” but necessary to meet mandatory federal spending cuts this year without harming national security. “We tried everything we could not to get to this day this way,” Hagel told an auditorium full of Pentagon civilians after he announced the decision. “Finally we got to a point where I could not responsibly go any deeper into cutting or jeopardizing our core missions.” Before $43 billion in mandatory defense cuts went into effect March 1, Pentagon officials warned that civilian employees could be required to take 22 days of unpaid leave.
February 13, 2013 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
At a time when taxpayers are being asked to dig deeper to resolve Los Angeles' chronic budget crisis, city employees are receiving raises that will cost tens of millions of dollars within a few years, according to records obtained by The Times. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, an assortment of City Council members and Police Chief Charlie Beck are urging voters to approve a sales tax hike on the March 5 ballot that would boost the city rate to 9.5% , one of the highest in the state. At the same time, thousands of police officers, firefighters and civilian employees are in the midst of receiving a two-year series of raises that were backed by the mayor and council.
December 3, 2011 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
Less than six months into its fiscal year, the city of Los Angeles faces a $72-million budget shortfall, raising the prospect of new cuts in services in coming weeks, according to a report released Friday. City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, budget advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the City Council, issued an interim financial status report calling for nearly two dozen city agencies to absorb a combined $21 million in reductions. Santana warned that the shortfall could grow once city officials calculate the cost of cleanup in the wake of this week's ferocious windstorms and the two-month encampment outside City Hall by Occupy L.A. "These are unforeseen problems that we have to pay for one way or the other," Santana said in an interview.
June 27, 2009 | Shane Goldmacher
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday he would force state workers to take a third unpaid furlough day every month if lawmakers do not pass a balanced budget by Tuesday. The move came as another round of budget votes in the Legislature failed to produce a remedy for California's looming insolvency. Schwarzenegger said in a statement that in imposing an additional furlough day, he would be doing his part "to conserve cash so that the state can continue to operate."
December 23, 2008 | Jordan Rau
Two public employee unions on Monday sued Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to block his effort to furlough state workers in a cost-cutting measure as California's treasury runs out of money. Last week, Schwarzenegger issued an executive order to require that all state employees take two unpaid days off each month starting in February. The governor said the measure is needed to conserve cash, with the state budget gap estimated to reach $42 billion a year and a half from now.
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