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City workers protest furloughs

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Last year the city of Jackson was facing a $15 million dollar budget shortfall. That's when they decided to furlough city workers once every four weeks. After six months of shorter checks and shorter work weeks, that's not resting well with some city workers.

Friday morning some of those city workers protested outside of city hall. The rally was organized by the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees and the Communication Workers of America.

The workers we talked to say losing one day a month in pay, has hampered their abilities to pay their bills and make ends meet.

"I can't go out, I have to cut back on groceries, essentials, cleaning supplies; cant afford to go to the doctor like I really need to," said public works employee Patricia Magee.

Perry Wallace, another public works employee said, 

"It hurt me by my ends ain't meeting I feel like my check be low," said Perry Wallace, another public works employee. "Every Friday and I feel like we should work 5 day weeks like everybody else."

This month will be especially hard because they are facing two days, without pay.

The city of Jackson released this statement saying:

"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."

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