Mayor Bill de Blasio has expanded New York City‘s five-day furlough to 9,000 city workers, including staff not protected by unions, in order to make $21 million in savings for the cash-strapped Big Apple.
De Blasio announced the furloughs in a press conference Wednesday and warned that all managerial employees of the city government and all unrepresented employees at city agencies would be affected.
The furloughs, a one-week unpaid leave of absence per worker, will take place from October through to March 2021.
The latest cuts at City Hall come one week after de Blasio said he was furloughing himself and up to 500 of his own mayoral staff – including his wife – for a week in a move that will save the city $860,000.
New York City is currently grappling with a budget deficit of $4.2 billion.
NYC Mayor de Blasio expands 5-day furlough to 9,000 city workers including managerial employees not protected by unions in order to save $21M for the Big Apple
De Blasio said the latest round of furloughs had been a ‘difficult’ decision and called it ‘very sad’ and ‘painful’.
‘It’s a difficult one because it will affect real people and their lives,’ de Blasio said.
‘It will affect their families and these are the people who have been working non-stop for months trying to protect all of you and look out for the whole city.’
‘It’s something very sad when the people who have worked so hard have to sacrifice further.’
De Blasio warned that more permanent job losses could become a reality if the federal government doesn’t send aid to the city or the state authorize it to borrow funds.
He has repeatedly said 22,000 city jobs are on the line and could face the chop as soon as next month.
De Blasio announced the furloughs in a press conference Wednesday and warned that all managerial employees of the city government and all unrepresented employees at city agencies would be affected
The furloughs will take place from October through to March 2020. The latest cuts at City Hall (pictured) come after de Blasio furloughed himself and up to 500 of his own mayoral staff – including his wife – for a week last week
‘Something that’s very painful to have to announce as real human consequences, but it is necessary, and we continue our conversations with the labor unions, we continue our conversations with Albany trying to get relief.
‘We don’t have results yet, we need to keep finding savings to keep urging us to give us a chance to get to something better than layoffs no one wants to see layoffs, but unfortunately they’re still on the table,’ de Blasio said.
He took aim at the federal government as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo for so far failing to help bail the addled city out.
‘Look what would really solve this, a federal stimulus and it’s shocking that it still hasn’t happened, and hope continues to dim for anything in the next few months, and then long term borrowing Albany I continue to say it is a straightforward time-honored option, it is something makes so much sense to stop this uncertainty, and we’re going to keep fighting for that as well.’
Last week, de Blasio furloughed himself and 495 City Hall staffers for a week at some point during the same period of October to March.
‘It was not a decision I made lightly,’ de Blasio said last Wednesday.
‘To have to do this is painful for them and their families, but it is the right thing to do at this moment in history.’
While other staffers will not work for the duration of the unpaid week of leave, the mayor promised that he will continue working without pay during his own.
Homeless people sleep outside below scaffolding in New York City as the city’s homelessness is now rife following the pandemic
There are approximately 63,000 homeless people in New York’s five boroughs
Sanitation services have also faced the chop, with rubbish piling up in the city’s streets
The city, which has a workforce of nearly 325,000 employees, has been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic after it became the global virus epicenter with around 800 New Yorkers dying every day at its April peak.
As well as the many lives lost, the pandemic hit the city hard financially, costing a staggering $9 billion in revenue and forcing a $7 billion cut to the city’s annual budget.
This comes at a time when the city also needs to plug a $4.2 billion deficit in its 2021 budget.
Fears are mounting that the Big Apple is on the verge of falling into disrepair, as crime rates soar and homelessness is rife.
There are approximately 63,000 homeless people in New York’s five boroughs.
De Blasio, who himself has a personal net worth of $2.5 million, has come under fire for his handling of the burgeoning crisis, after he already axed $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget back in June.
Sanitation services have also faced the chop, with rubbish piling up in the city’s streets.