Lansing offers optional furlough to city workers

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Lansing, MI (WLNS) – Lansing mayor Andy Schor is giving some city employees the chance to take a voluntary furlough while the city deals with a financial hit brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We certainly want to generate some budget savings through this while still providing an option for people who feel like they really need it,” said Mayor Schor.

By taking a voluntary furlough, employees would receive unemployment, still have healthcare and ease the budget crunch facing the city.

UAW Employees (physical infrastructure workers, parks staff, forestry, etc.), Teamster 214 (supervisory and non-supervisory), non-bargaining employees and mayoral staff all have the option to take voluntary furlough until July 31, 2020.

“The City is taking the necessary steps to address employee needs, as well as budgetary challenges
and economic uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the mayor. “Some employees have
childcare, health concerns and other challenges that currently impact their ability to work.”

The voluntary furlough will allow employees to be off work and receive unemployment through the
state until July 31, 2020.

As the city of Lansing prepares to finalize their budget for next year, Mayor Schor says all options remain on the table.

“This is where we are at now, if the economy gets a lot worse and our budget gets more challenged then we’ll have to look at all options”Those who choose voluntary furlough will continue to receive healthcare benefits from the City,” he said.

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