NH Unionized Court Workers To Take Furloughs

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Representatives of New Hampshire’s unionized courts employees have reached a tentative agreement on systemwide unpaid furlough days to trim costs.

The New Hampshire Judicial Branch and the State Employees Association announced the deal late Thursday. It is intended to meet $3.1 million in spending reductions required by June 30, 2011, in order to avoid employee layoffs.

The proposed contract must be approved by Chief Justice John T. Broderick Jr. with the consent of the court system’s administrative council.

Broderick announced Tuesday that nonunionized court employees and security officers will take unpaid furlough days to reduce costs.

If union members approve the tentative agreement, 101 full-time and part-time judges and marital masters and 740 nonjudicial employees would be furloughed for three days before the end of July.

Additional days will be determined during the next fiscal year.

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