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Unions Fight Paterson's Furlough Plan

They plan to fight. According to Newsday, New York's state employee unions vowed a legal challenge to Governor David Paterson's furlough plan.

The Public Employees Federation plan to ask a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to prevent the furlough of 100,000 unionized state workers for one day a week until a state budget is passed.

The furloughs are expected to begin May 17.

Newsday reports that the move came after thousands of PEF and CSEA members staged protests throughout the state, including outside the State Office Building in Hauppauge. They denounced Paterson, accusing him of falsely blaming them for New York's $9.2 billion budget deficit.

Paterson included the furloughs in the emergency spending bills required to keep state government operating each week. The governor said asking state workers to forgo one day's pay per week wasn't a great sacrifice given the fiscal crisis.

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