HARRISBURG – Gov. Edward G. Rendell today said the approximately 24,000 state employees who were furloughed July 9 as a result of the budget impasse will be paid for the hours they were regularly scheduled to work.
“I am glad to announce that all state employees who were furloughed will be compensated,” said Rendell. “State employees work very hard to ensure that the needs of Pennsylvanians are met and they and their families rely on their paychecks to pay their bills. It is fair and reasonable that they be paid for the hours they didn’t work due to the furlough.”
The furlough caused more than 16,000 union-represented employees and just over 7,000 management and non-represented employees to lose a day of work through no fault of their own.
“Nobody wanted a furlough but, fortunately, we were able to bring all employees back to work the next day,” Rendell said.
Rendell announced that a budget agreement had been reached on the evening of July 9, which allowed 24,000 furloughed state employees to return to work the next day.
“The governor has done the right thing for all employees who were kept from their jobs on Monday. It’s exactly what we wanted for our membership,” said David R. Fillman, executive director of Council 13, AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.
Fillman said he appreciated the accelerated decision from the governor’s office in response to the union’s request, “to put this unfortunate issue behind us once and for all.”
The governor’s measure will ensure that the budget impasse doesn’t have any effect on the employees who were furloughed. This recovery plan will be implemented immediately since the commonwealth has the authority to take these actions under the Pennsylvania Public Employees Relation Act.