Hold On, City Still Deciding on Furloughs

Daley last week ordered unpaid time off to save $10 million

Wednesday, May 13, 2009  |  Updated 5:51 PM CDT
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Hold On, City Still Deciding on Furloughs

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Mayor Daley last week ordered unpaid time off in an effort to save the city $10 million.

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The city council finance committee on Wednesday decided to take at least another week to determine the length, number and job categories that will be required to take multiple day furloughs to save money. 

Ald. Helen Schiller (46th) is resisting furloughing anyone making under $35,000.  But she says "this is a different time" and furloughs and other creative cost cutting measures must happen.

It was last week that Chicago Mayor Richard Daley ordered 3,500 nonunion employees to take up to 14 days off without pay by Dec. 31, turning up the heat on union leaders to agree to similar concessions.

Daley hopes to save the city about $10 million through the move.

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