Council pledges support for mandatory furlough days; City offices to close early on Fridays beginning Oct. 2

September 29, 2009

Akron City Council has pledged to support the mayor’s mandatory furlough plan which will allow the city to forego 113 of the 201 layoffs initially announced Sept. 14.

Council President Marco Sommerville Monday night announced Council will pass next week an ordinance which clarifies the impact of proposed furlough days on vacation and holiday pay for city employees.

“Our support for implementing mandatory furlough days for city employees is offered out of necessity and our understanding of the changing times in which Akron and other city governments across the country find themselves,” Sommerville said. “The losses in pay will sting at first, but the bigger picture here is the city reduces the number of employees who would have been lost to layoffs.”

Starting Friday Oct. 2, most city offices will close at 2:30 p.m. every Friday and on Wednesday, Nov. 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City employees, including the mayor and his cabinet, managers, non-bargaining personnel and members of the Civil Service Personnel Association will work 38 hour work weeks through the end of November.

The affected offices are in:

  • City Hall
  • Morley Health Center
  • Citicenter (remains open until 8pm with guard on duty for athletic club)
  • Ocasek Government Office Building (municipal offices only)
  • I Cascade Plaza (municipal offices only)

The city’s 3-1-1 call center will remain open during its regular hours of 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., but workers will be re-scheduled to reflect the new 38-hour workweek.

More than 170 workers have taken voluntary furloughs since July 31, saving the city more than $50,000 in salaries.

“On behalf of City Council, I would like to thank those employees who volunteered to take furlough days, the bargaining units that agreed to the mandatory furloughs and those who agreed to the city’s Voluntary Separation Plan – all out of concern for the city’s greater good,” Sommerville said. “These selfless workers truly embody the cooperative, get-it-done spirit of Akronites that I have known and loved throughout more than two decades of serving this city.”