JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) –JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Some Jackson city workers held a rally at City Hall about furloughs.
City employees, with the exception of the Jackson Police Department, Jackson Fire Department, and other essential workers, are off one Friday of each month.
City officials said the furloughs were implemented as a means to close budget gaps.
City officials released this statement Friday about the protest:
“As we’ve stated throughout the process of preparing this fiscal year’s budget, the furlough decision was not an easy one to make. We had a choice between massive layoffs and a once-a-month furlough. We value our city employees and we were determined to save jobs. When we presented the budget for the City Council’s approval, the furlough was among a number of measures included to address declining revenue while preserving city jobs and services.”