Louisville Mayor Announces Furloughs for Hundreds of Employees

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) announced Friday 380 Louisville Metro Government employees would be temporarily furloughed due to the economic impact the coronavirus is having on the city.

The employees affected by the furloughs work for the Louisville Free Public Library or serve as school crossing guards — jobs that have been mostly idle since the closure of the libraries and schools. 

None of the employees will lose their status as employees and will continue to receive benefits, but now they can apply for state and federal unemployment insurance. 

“We’ve redeployed some workers from our libraries, community centers, and our school crossing guards into other work, as skill sets allowed. But we’re to the point now where we need to shift gears more to reflect a dwindling workload and an increasingly difficult budget situation,” Mayor Fischer said.

Fischer says it is his goal to recall all of the employees back to work as soon as the crisis eases and workplaces open.