Contract talks resumed today. SEIU Local 1000 offered up several suggestions it says will "save the state hundreds of millions without mandatory furloughs."
- A voluntary reduced work week program of 5 percent, 10 percent or 20 percent.
- A golden handshake for state workers willing to take early retirement.
- Converting two state holidays - Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day - for two additional personal leave days.
- Freezing employee health care contributions at 2008 levels.
Read the SEIU statement issued late today by clicking here.