Oklahoma workers forced to take unpaid days off

AP News
Posted: Dec 18, 2009 5:13 PM

At least six Oklahoma agencies are preparing to furlough employees after state officials ordered 10 percent budget cuts across all state agencies.

Office of Personnel Management Administrator Oscar Jackson said Friday several other agencies are considering similar moves.

Before furloughing employees, agencies must file a plan with OPM.

Jackson says six agencies have filed furlough plans so far: Pardon and Parole Board, Office of Juvenile Afffairs, Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, Office of Disability Concerns, Tourism and Recreation Department, and the Department of Agriculture.

Officials with the governor's office and the Speaker of the House say neither has immediate plans for furloughs.