Furlough plan approved for Alabama state workers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state Personnel Board has approved rules that will allow state agencies to furlough employees for up to 24 days a year to deal with budget problems.

The board voted 3-0 Wednesday for the rules. The rules still have one more step before they become final. They have to be reviewed by the Legislative Council.

The executive director of the Alabama State Employees Association, Mac McArthur, says he will encourage the Legislative Council to block the rules.

He says they could result in a pay cut of nearly 10 percent for someone furloughed the maximum number of days.

State Personnel Board member Joyce O'Neal says money saved through furloughs could prevent layoffs, and a partial paycheck is better than no paycheck.

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