Furlough Any One???

Wikipedia, a free on-line encyclopedia defines Furlough as a temporary leave of absence, especially from duty in the armed services or from a prison term.  In these cases, a furlough is a vacation.  In some Commonwealth countries (such as Australia and New Zealand), furlough is a employee benefit known as a long service leave . Not Now – Not for Utah State employees!  A furlough means a temporary leave without pay! That’s hard to hear – even harder to do, yet thousands of Higher Education employees will take a week off during spring break without pay. And until recently, furloughs were going to be used in the State Court System – five weeks worth! Fortunately, the courts budget cuts were much lower than anticipated.  Instead of five weeks, there may still be a need for five days. Furloughs are being used to help balance government budgets hit hard by current economic times and UAGE has been working on ways to prevent layoffs or furloughs.  It is clear, however, that furloughs are the lesser of the evils if one or the other must be used.  If the devils’ in the details, then furloughs will play out as both a good and bad thing.  UAGE has stressed the harm furloughs will cause if used too long or too many times.  People will simply not be able to feed or house their families. Still, somewhere between 2200 and 3000 state employees face possible termination from permanent layoffs.  UAGE is working to convince other state leaders that furloughs may work in all areas of government, rather than total loss of jobs. Each member of UAGE and those of you reading this article can have a huge impact by simply contacting your legislator and asking for the opportunity for all state employees to remain employed.

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