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  • Can Police / First Responders be forced to take unpaid leave ? Texas Texas

    Can Police / First Responders be forced to take unpaid leave ?

    Police corporal, civil service Texas
    The PD has a small Police-Association. This association has not been asked to come to the table for any type of negotiations by the city. The city council will vote soon on budget-cuts that will effect us and I have the following two quick questions:


    1. Can the city force police officers to take leave without pay to save the city money ?

    2. Can the city force police officers to take their vacation, not throughout the year, but on a specific day(s) they decide, for budget reasons ?

    Thank you, I appreciate your time

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    Yes, they can, just like any other union/bargaining unit in the private sector or, for that matter, in the private sector as a whole.

    Thousands of municipalities and almost every state already have furlough (unpaid leave) days for budget reasons. Being a police officer does not excuse you from this reality.

    Similarly, employees have no legal right to take their paid vacation whenever they want to, unless a union contract or bargaining agreement grants them that right.
    I don't respond to Private Messages unless the moderator specifically refers you to me for that purpose. Thank you.

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