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County Employees Reject Furlough Elimination

Calaveras County employees have rejected a contract that would have axed a controversial furlough program.

The County Employees Association had been considering a 1-year deal that would have done away with the last 3 of 5 furlough days. The Board of Supervisors were scheduled to consider the matter yesterday, but the vote by union members on Friday squelched the idea. The furlough was imposed by the county in an effort to save money. The amount of savings has fallen far short of initial projections. Union officials are in the process of hammering out details of a new contract that could give workers more perks.