Stanislaus employees may see more pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs

February 9, 2010 

Stanislaus County's 3,965 employees could face pay reductions, more furloughs and layoffs as administrators continue to wrestle with a daunting deficit.

County supervisors, behind closed doors Tuesday, discussed ongoing negotiations with 14 unions representing a majority of the employees.

"Everything is on the table," said Rick Robinson, the county's chief executive officer. Administrators have been meeting with union negotiators for about a month "as part of the county's larger strategy to find a way to balance our budget," Robinson said.

Leaders periodically point to an expected $20 million gap in the coming fiscal year, which starts July 1; that figure now is estimated at $23.4 million, Robinson said.

The county has cut programs and reduced its work force by 638 employees.

Supervisors reported having taken no formal action after emerging from their closed session Tuesday.

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