31 Aug 2009

Delay to furloughs scheduled for Hawaii's state employees

6:19 am on 31 August 2009

Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle says furloughs that were scheduled to start on Tuesday for about 900 non-union state workers have been delayed two weeks.

Non union state employees were informed earlier that the furloughs would be delayed by a month.

Ms Lingle said that decision was made earlier this week, when it appeared the state and public worker unions were close to a deal on a new contract.

According to a memo posted on the Web site of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the state and the union have exchanged new contract proposals that include furloughs.

But Ms Lingle called the union's offer "unrealistic" and "unacceptable."