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Final Furlough Friday

Sacramento, CA — Today is the final "Furlough Friday" for state of California workers.

Furlough Fridays were implemented by the Schwarzenegger administration in late 2008 and have saved the state approximately $1 million in salary costs by forcing employees to take unpaid days off.

Initially workers took two Friday’s off a month, but that was later expanded to three in 2009.

The Associated Press reports that the Governor doesn’t plan to extend the furloughs into the next fiscal year which starts on July 1st.

Instead, Schwarzenegger is asking unions to cut salaries and increase the amount employees contribute to pension benefits.

Today marks the 46th Furlough Friday since 2008.

Written by bjhansen@mlode.com.

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