March 31, 2009
Re: Furlough Rule Challenged
As reported in the Press, a number of public employee unions have filed complaints with the Appellate Division, seeking to block the emergency Civil Service Commission rule, which would allow public employers to implement furloughs, in order to avoid lay-offs. (See our letter at http://www.njslom.org/ml032509.html for details on the rule in question.)
The emergency rule issued by the State Civil Service Commission grants municipal governments, as well as the State, a useful tool to save jobs, better control taxes and help stabilize the economy by implementing temporary lay-offs, known as furloughs. The furloughs are for duration of one or more days during a defined time period.
In a time of crisis, government needs the tools to protect jobs and save taxpayers dollars. Every stakeholder, from government employees, taxpayers, businesses, must contribute its part to combat this crisis to reduce costs and save jobs. All of us are impacted and all of us must make the necessary sacrifices to weather this economic storm.
The League is closely monitoring the litigation and will urge the Attorney General to aggressively defend the authority of the State to adopt rules, which help government at all levels protect the taxpaying public.
For more information, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext 121.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.