Long Beach to pay back wages to employees forced to take furloughs in 2009

Impacts of the Great Recession continue to reach into the city of Long Beach’s coffers, with a recent court decision requiring the city to pay around $4 million in back wages.

The state appellate court ruling stems from a city management decision in May 2009 to furlough most city employees for a week without pay in order to balance the budget. The action was taken without consent from the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union representing most city employees.

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