After posting our latest "Furlough Friday" item, several state workers called and e-mailed with essentially the same question expressed in this note:
Can you folks look into the tentative deal that DPA has struck with SEIU 1000 regarding the TA and how it will be applied retroactively to February 1, 2009? The rumor is that since the SEIU contract is retroactive and they negotiated a 8 hour furlough, that SEIU members will not have to take a furlough day in April.
An excellent question, and one that we should have thought to ask last week. Fortunately, there's always the next blog, so this morning we ran the question by Lynelle Jolley, DPA spokeswoman. Here's what she said in an e-mail:
Assuming the TA gets legislative approval and member ratification by the end of March, employees in SEIU units will have 4 furlough days toward their total of 17. For April and May, they wouldn't have to take any furlough days. Starting in June, they'd take one furlough day a month, through June 2010.
Thanks for the questions, everyone. We need you to help us make this blog useful to state workers.