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City OKs furlough days for all full-time employees

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

 In completing one of his final duties as Vandalia’s city administrator, Jimmy Morani drew up a budget that included wage freezes for city employees. Instead of those freezes, the new budget will include furlough days.

The city council approved on Monday night memorandums of understanding through which Laborers’ Local No. 111, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 111 and the Vandalia Police Telecommunicators agreed to take furlough days.

Through those agreements, city employees who are members of those groups agree to each accept 36 hours of non-paid furlough.

All other full-time city employees who are not members of a union will also be assigned the 36 hours of furlough, according to Mayor Rick Gottman.

Because of salary guidelines under state statutes, elected officials will not be assigned furloughs, Gottman said.

For the rest of the story, see this week's Leader-Union.