Ten-day City Hall closure approved

The City Council this morning approved a 10-day City Hall closure agreement with the city workers’ union.

The nonconsecutive furlough days are expected to save the city about $370,000 next year, and will help the city stave off another round of job cuts. Employees will receive no pay during furlough.

“This is the creative kind of problem-solving we need,” Councilwoman Hilary Franz said after the agreement was unanimously approved.

The agreement now awaits ratification by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union representing all but a few city employees.

City Administrator Mark Dombroski, who has been in negotiations with the union, is “hopeful” the union will agree to the furlough this month. The union has accepted similar furlough agreements with King County, he added.

Despite an expected reduction in services, Dombroski said the city has received no negative comments from island residents about the furlough.

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