By Emmelie De La Cruz
After months of negotiations, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 marked another victory for labor unions, as the D.C. City Council members approved an amendment offered by Chairman Kwame Brown and At-large Councilmember Michael A. Brown, to repay D.C. teachers and other city workers for the four public holidays they were furloughed last year. The council voted 12-1 to support the spending of $22 million to compensate city workers and Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to sign it into law. The furlough repayment is expected to be disbursed prior to the start of the new school year in a one-time lump sum equivalent to the employee’s loss of salary for the furloughed days.
As stated in the Washington Examiner, “At-large Councilman David Catania, who voted against the furlough payments, tried to divert the money to job training programs for long-term welfare recipients. The council easily defeated Catania’s amendment.”
“It is only right that we restore these funds and repay our hardworking civil servants for the work they do on behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia,” said Councilmember Brown.
WTU will provide more information as it becomes available. Continue to visit The Teachers’ Lounge, as we continue to update you on furlough repayment and other happenings from City Council.