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Perdue's executive order rewritten

Gov. Beverly Perdue's proclamation declaring a furlough for state workers underwent a rewrite Tuesday after complaints from state employees that it was confusing.

The revised version makes it clearer that state employees are not required to take 10 hours off without pay, in addition to having their pay cut by half of a percentage point.

The initial proclamation said the governor's budget plan read:

a) The part of the annualized base salaries of all covered employees paid from moneys appropriated by the 2008 Appropriations Act will be reduced by .5 percent over the remainder of this year: and

b) all full time employees whose salaries are reduced pursuant to subjection (a) shall be furloughed for 10 hours without pay at times to be designed by their employing agency between June 1 and December 31, 2009, and all employees employed less than full-time whose salaries are reduced pursuant to subsection (a) shall be furloughed a pro-rated number of hours.”

The revised proclamation changes the language to make it clear that employees will not get hit twice.

The new language for part (b) now reads "in return, all full-time employees whose salaries are reduced pursant to subsection (a) shall receive 10 hours of flexible furlough leave to be taken at times to be designated by their employing agency between June 1 and December 31, 2009, and all employees employed less than full-time whose salaries are reduced pursuant to subsection (a) shall receive flexible furlough leave for pro-rated number of hours."


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Re: Perdue's executive order rewritten

and yes, this is most certainly a pay cut, and I would call it an unfair TAX! what else do you call it when you give money to the government to apply to the state budget?

Re: Perdue's executive order rewritten

I still don't understand whether this means giving up 0.5% of my ANNUAL salary, or just my May and June paychecks. NCAE says annual, and the governor's proclamation seems (????????) to say May and June. Anyone know FOR SURE??

Re: Perdue's executive order rewritten

The rewrite still doesn't clarify. The new language reads, "...shall receive 10 hours of flexible furlough leave to be taken at times to be designated by their employing agency between June 1 and December 31, 2009..." In my book, "furlough" means unpaid time off. In fact, I think the GA's definition of furlough from a few weeks back specifies it is unpaid time off. So it still sounds like state employees are getting hit twice. Help, N&O!

Re: Perdue's executive order rewritten

This is pay cut. I don't care what she calls it, it is a pay cut and mark my words more are coming with the new budget.

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