MAY 13, 2020 UPDATE REGARDING POSSIBLE FURLOUGHS

Many members have seen the legislation that Steve Sweeney has posted providing for “Work share” and recommending furloughs for public workers. There is nothing new in this legislation – the work share program has been in effect for many years.

If you have not already done so, please sign on here to tell your members of Congress that they must support the SMART Fund to protect public workers.

Involuntary furloughs are subject to collective bargaining and CWA is not going to roll over in the event of layoffs or furloughs.

Separate and apart from the needless Sweeney legislation, the real problem that we have is that without BILLIONS of dollars in Federal money to make up the loss of BILLIONS of dollars in revenue and massive additional costs due to the virus, State, County and Local Government workers will face massive layoffs. While the Federal Government has provided TRILLIONS of dollars to big business and Wall St., the State and Local Governments that are providing the essential services are starving.

The Job Share furlough program, along with the enhanced unemployment (an additional $600 a week through July) could protect some jobs while there is an effort to get the Federal money. If that is the case, there are places where furloughs could be negotiated as an alternative to layoffs where it is beneficial to workers to do so.

BUT – the bigger issue is getting the Federal money. If you have not already done so, please sign on here to tell your members of Congress that they must support Federal money coming to the States or tens of thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of public workers throughout State, County and Local government could face layoffs: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/protect-public-workers