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New Honolulu budget includes worker furloughs

Mayor Mufi Hannemann Mayor Mufi Hannemann

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two days a month thousands of city and county workers will be off nearly every other Friday. Dozens of offices will be closed, but many services will stay operational, including  buses, golf courses, the zoo and garbage collection

In total 5,000 workers will be furloughed, the rest take a pay cut. The first furlough day is July 2. In total there will be 24 furlough days a year, or two days a month, which is the equivalent to about an 8% pay cut.

Among the offices that will close on Fridays are Honolulu and Kapolei Hale, the Frank Fasi building, satellite city halls, the DMV and all permit offices.

Police, fire and lifeguard services will not be furloughed. Neither will garbage and recycling pickup. Hanauma Bay and many parks will stay open.

"Furlough days has such a bad connotation because of how the state botched the whole doe situation and people say oh no we're going to face this but let's try this out for a while and see how it goes" said Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

Union workers also worked out their own deal. HGEA agreed to a straight 5% pay cut and UPW workers will take a combination cut, in some cases one furlough day and a two-and-a-half percent pay cut.

Many managers will not be furloughed, but will take a 5% pay cut. The furloughs will save $18 million. The straight pay cuts save another $25 million.

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