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Labor union files motion to stop state employee furloughs

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

They say it will cause irreparable harm to Kentucky's citizens and employees.

The labor union representing nearly 9,000 state workers, which mainly include corrections and social service employees, is taking aim at Governor Steve Beshear's plan to furlough state employees for six days.

Friday morning, the union took their argument one step further by taking legal action to try to stop the furloughs before they happen.

The union, AFSCME, filed an injunction at the Franklin Circuit Court clerks office.

It claims furloughing corrections and social service employees will jeopardize the state's ability to maintain safety and services for Kentuckians.

"If we don't have enough people there to do our job, it will definitely be dangerous," said corrections officer Casey Chadwell, "not only for the officers and for the staff members, but it's also a risk to the inmates."

AFSCME members have also been collecting signatures for a petition. They say they already have thousands of signatures.

Governor Beshear says the furloughs are expected to save the state around $24 million.


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