Syracuse school district weighs furlough days for teachers, staff, if state cuts funding

Syracuse, N.Y. — The Syracuse school district could save nearly $1 million a day if everyone from the superintendent to lunch monitors took an unpaid furlough. And they may have to.

Suzanne Slack, the district Chief Financial Officer, said that if the state cuts aid in the coming months, everyone may have to take some furlough days.

“This is similar to what the city did,” Slack told Syracuse City School District board members during a work session tonight. “If we were to furlough everyone – from the superintendent to the last hire – it would save $960,000.”

The district’s budget is $486 million this year. More than $200 million of that is salaries for teachers and staff.

Superintendent Jaime Alicea said he has already been discussing the possibility of furloughs with the district’s various unions, who would have to agree to them.

The district has already cut some expenses by

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1,000 jobs at risk when furlough ends

Holiday camp operator Butlin’s has yet to tell 1,000 furloughed workers what their future is when the government’s wage subsidy scheme ends next month.

A document sent to staff and seen by the BBC suggests employees either take paid holiday if they have any remaining or unpaid leave if not.

Butlin’s is currently operating at 50% capacity and is heading into the winter months when income falls significantly.

It said no decision had been made about workers on the government scheme.

The company said: “Since we reopened Butlin’s we’ve worked hard to bring back as many of our team as possible whilst ensuring we’re safe and secure.

“There has been no decision made regarding our team who are still furloughed.”

Butlin’s – whose workers are known for their distinctive red jackets – has 6,000 employees in total. It is part of the privately-owned Bourne Leisure Group which also operates Haven

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Jobs furlough scheme unwind gathers pace

Companies using the government’s coronavirus furlough scheme are now having to contribute to workers’ wages.

Since March, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has paid 80% of the wages of workers placed on leave, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month.

But now that is going down to 70%, with the employer paying 10%.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has repeatedly ruled out an extension to it.” data-reactid=”35″The scheme is due to finish at the end of October and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has repeatedly ruled out an extension to it.

Last month, he said it was “wrong to keep people trapped” in a situation where there was no realistic prospect of them having a job to go back to.

From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 a month. Employers are already paying employees’ pension contributions and National Insurance, but will now have

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