District of Columbia government workers will finally be getting paid for the furlough days that they were forced to take last year thanks to efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).
The furlough days were enforced because of projected budget shortfalls, but at the end of the fiscal year, there was instead a surplus of funds.
In May, the D.C. city council rejected a plan by the mayor that would have repaid the workers for those days. Some members of the city council proposed using the additional funds for other projects but due to AFGE’s efforts, the council recently passed a bill authorizing the repayments for nearly 22,000 workers.
“This is a great victory for our members and all District of Columbia government employees. We are pleased that the city council decided to do right by the hardworking employees and repay the money that was rightfully theirs,” said Dwight Bowman, District 14, National Vice President of American Federation of Government Employees, who represents 45,000 D.C. government workers.
Starting this week, D.C. government workers will be reimbursed in the form of a lump-sum payment.