This week on State of the News, we’ll check in with Stephanie Steitzer from the C-J’s Frankfort Bureau about state furloughs, prison overpopulation, and more. Then we’ll turn to metro news and hear from WFPL reporters about what’s new in the metro. Finally we’ll see what’s news in the business world with journalists from Business First. Join us to hear about headlines you may have missed and the details behind the stories. Listen to the Show
On September 3rd, merit and non-merit state employees will take the first of six furlough days ordered by Gov. Beshear to save $24 million. Kenneth King, of the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, fears the furloughs will pose serious safety issues for the already understaffed facility.
In a May special session, Kentucky lawmakers gave Gov. Beshear the green light to furlough state workers to help balance the budget. Soon thereafter, Beshear ordered both merit and non-merit employees to take six furlough days this fiscal year to save the state $24 million.
Beginning Labor Day weekend, state employees in Kentucky must start taking mandatory furlough days. And lawmakers in Frankfort are getting an earful about the plan.
Unions representing more than half of Kentucky’s 32,000 state workers are complaining about furloughs announced last week by Gov. Steve Beshear.
by Stephanie Crosby State workers will be furloughed a total of six days in the upcoming fiscal year, according to a proposal released today by the Personnel Cabinet. The budget approved by the General Assembly requires $131-million in expenditure reductions this fiscal year and $169-million dollars the year after that. Some of that savings will… Continue reading State Workers to be Furloughed Six Days
by Stephanie Crosby Furloughs have begun for 54 UPS pilots. They are the first in a two-year series of layoffs at the shipping giant, whose air hub is located in Louisville. The layoffs were originally announced in February. Independent Pilots Association spokesperson Brian Gaudet says the union offered to save the company money through a series of… Continue reading UPS Pilot Furloughs Begin
United Parcel Service say unless its pilots union agrees to more money-saving measures, the company will begin laying off hundreds of pilots later this year. In order to avoid furloughs last year, the Independent Pilots Assocation took some voluntary cost-cutting steps, including taking leave time, early retirement and making sick bank contributions. UPS says with… Continue reading UPS Moving Ahead With Pilot Furlough Plans
Two unions, the Teamsters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are taking legal action against Louisville Metro Government over last year’s four unpaid furlough days for all non-emergency metro employees.
United Parcel Service and its pilots’ union have announced an agreement that the two sides say will avert the furloughs of 300 UPS pilots. The package handler said earlier this year it would be forced to lay off the pilots because of a drop in business due to the recession. UPS and the Independent Pilots… Continue reading UPS And IPA Reach Cost-Cutting Agreement