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Johnston County schools close for furlough

Posted June 15, 2009

— All offices and schools of the Johnston County School System were closed Monday to allow employees to fulfill the requirement that they receive eight furlough hours as compensation for the 0.5 percent reduction in their salaries taken by the state.

In April, Gov. Bev Perdue ordered that all state employees take a half-percent pay cut for the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ends June 30. 

The pay cuts, taken from checks in May and June, will save an estimated $65 million towards the expected $3 billion-plus shortfall for the current state budget.


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  • Bendal1 Jun 17, 2009


    Wow, you sound like you're boasting about "only" taking a 10% cut in pay. Perhaps you'd like to trade with me, then.

    My wife took a 20% paycut (she makes roughly 30% of our family income) when her employer switched her from salary to hourly. I had to pick up her health insurance on my policy; that's $530/month gone from my salary, plus loss of longevity pay, plus the 0.5% paycut, plus health insurance premium increases, and no pay raise for the forseeable future.

    We calculate our household has lost close to 30% of our takehome income these first six months from all these hits. Funny thing, the bills didn't adjust either. So, take your fake boasting about you "only" lost 10% of your pay and shove it.

  • luv2teachnc Jun 16, 2009

    whatelseisnew - The pay cut should have been a lot more substantial than it was and there should have been no comp time.

    WHAAAAA - Are you serious! Do not forget that teachers WORK and earn every penny. It is not teachers responsibility to fix the budget. Perhaps you should remember that without teachers NO ONE would have jobs. Also, maybe you need to look at the salary schedule for teachers and then understand that teachers are not sitting on a gold mine. Cut where it needs to be cut but teacher pay is not where the cut needs to take place! Get educated!

  • cool_rocker999 Jun 15, 2009

    I think it is time to elect a republican governor who will go in and cut all of these needless programs we have as well as all of the other wasteful spending. I hope all you dems out there will think about it next time when you go to vote. We have had the same problem for years and it keeps getting worse. The one consistent thing is that the senate and the house has been ruled by democrats. It is time for a change.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 15, 2009

    whaaaaa ITS NOT FAIR WHAAAAA What is not fair is the 800+ million dollar tax increase. Again those morons in the legislature nail us by taking more money. The pay cut should have been a lot more substantial than it was and there should have been no comp time.

  • luv2teachnc Jun 15, 2009

    NC teachers have no UNION and it is not fair to take money from teachers paychecks to balance a budget that someone else made a mistake on. Let's look on the bright side - SCHOOL'S OUT FOR SUMMER!

  • HanginTough Jun 15, 2009

    Ok-if you are a state employee i am sure you can count on one hand how many times you have gotten a RAISE in the last 10 years.If you have been in the slave system you prob got a couple of wks vacation but dang if you could figure out a way to TAKE IT TO THE FOOD LION or PAY YOUR ENERGY BILL. How many of you teachers had your chained jerked by your "union" that you bought into their "endorsement" and Bev's "chatter" about her being a teacher-bet you wish you had used your own brain and voted conservatative this time around-do some state pet proj need to go? YEP! MORE AT FOUR (daycare for people on the take from the governement) SMART START (daycare for people on the government payroll) - did double dippers need to go-YES!Do you know I have a friend who has been w the state for 15 YRS and they make 32K - that is it!Let's quit giving ILLEGALS aka undocumented workers/anchor babies in the public school a FREE RIDE-DEPORT THEM-CUT ALL WELFARE & that would save billions! NOT PC-WHO CARES!

  • NCTeacher Jun 15, 2009

    2headstrong- I LOVE my job. I love the kids and I love teaching. I don't love all the extra paperwork that comes along with it, but I knew what I was getting into when I graduated.

    What I don't love is how we have been treated by the governer that we helped to elect once. I hope she enjoys her stint as governer because I am positive she won't be elected again.

  • Mean Old Mom Jun 15, 2009

    Grayboomer----I was just going to post that reminder. Remember who you voted for and better yet, vote all incumbents out next election. And if the job is still something to complain about---time to look for another line of work. That is what eveyrone else does. But some people just love to complain and enjoy throwing themselves a pity party. Most professions have more work to do than hours in a day. Most professions have been asked to cut back hours or pay or benefits. Why is it only teachers and state employees complaining? Where are your union representatives? Has anyone considered that some problems in the economy are too big to be easily fixed?

  • beatsthehelloutofme Jun 15, 2009

    hihuwatlu: actually I'm low man on the totem pole.

    beatsthehelloutofme: maybe you were overpaid to begin with!

  • grayboomerang Jun 15, 2009

    teachers and state employees...please remember all of this when election time comes around again. The reason Bevie was elected was due to groups like NCAE.