- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says employees of the city’s Early Childhood Development Program will no longer have to work uncompensated on furlough days.

The Clarion-Ledger reports (https://on.thec-l.com/1VmjFbS) workers’ rights advocates left Tuesday’s City Council meeting pleased after the mayor addressed their concerns.

The employees of Jackson’s three child-care centers say they were forced to work on monthly furlough days without pay.

Brenda Scott, president of the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees, said the Early Childhood Development employees were told they could take a day off elsewhere to make up for the unpaid days worked. Scott says they had trouble doing so because of federal student-to-teacher ratios at the short-staffed centers.

Yarber also said the childcare center positions would eventually be reclassified as essential, exempting them from furloughs.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com


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