Jefferson County Workers Not Headed Back to Work

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Jefferson County Commission has shot
down a proposal to bring all laid-off county workers back to their
jobs next week.

The commission voted against the plan Tuesday, but did agree to
return about 40 employees in the revenue and tax collector offices
on Sept. 26.

Commission President Bettye Fine Collins estimates the county
still has about 700 of its 3,600 workers on unpaid leave.

The debate came after several days of warnings from county
finance officials and lawyers that bringing back employees so soon
would put the county's cash fund $2.9 million in the red by Oct. 2.

Commissioner William Bell, who last week voted with others to
support ending the unpaid leave, changed his mind and provided the
swing vote not to return the workers.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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