Kentucky state workers file lawsuit to stop mandatory furloughs
FRANKFORT, Kentucky: Six state filed a lawsuit today to stop the implementation of mandatory furloughs for social workers and corrections officers. The furloughs are part of a larger plan enacted by Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear which requires all executive branch workers to take six furlough days during the fiscal year. Savings to the state from the plan are estimated to be $24 million.
The lawsuit, brought by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, is aimed only at social workers and corrections officers. The union argues that workers in these positions are necessary to ensure public safety and that the savings from the plan could be negated by overtime pay that would be necessary to keep these facilities running properly. The administration has responded that, due to the budget crisis, furloughs are preferable over laying off some 400 state employees.
A hearing has been scheduled for August 16 in Franklin Circuit Court.