State workers protest furloughs in NYC

Angry state workers from Westchester County traveled to Manhattan yesterday to rally against mandatory furloughs outside Gov. David Paterson's (D-N.Y.) office.

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Paterson's plan to impose furloughs on 100,000 state employees, but that decision could be reversed. The governor called for the furloughs to help close the state's $9 billion budget gap.

Paterson has continued negotiating with unions, asking them to take out a day's pay every two weeks, an offer they rejected. The governor says the unions have consistently ignored the fact that the state is in a huge fiscal crisis.

Workers who gathered in Manhattan today say the crisis is Albany's problem, not theirs.

For interviews with state workers protesting Paterson's furlough plan, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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