City of Houston Employees Get a Snow Day

Non essential city of Houston employees are taking a day off from work without pay on Friday, February 4, 2011.

The Mayor declared a weather emergency which means that those employees don’t have to report to work  and they can count the day as one of the six required mandatory furlough days.  (Mandatory furloughs were ordered because of the city of Houston’s budget problems)

The Mayor and other local leaders are concerned that freezing temperatures will bring snow and ice to our area. Houstonians aren’t use to driving in slush and that means the commute could be treacherous.

The mayor is encouraging people to stay home, stay warm and stay off the roads.

This is the email sent to city employees:

 Mayor declares weather emergency 

Non-emergency City personnel with scheduled shifts between 6 p.m. Thursday, February 3, 2011 and 6 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2011 should not report to work.  This applies only to personnel who are not assigned duties by their directors that are related to this weather emergency. 

City of Houston department directors have the authority to determine what emergency services are to be performed during this event. Affected employees shall make themselves available for work as required by the department directors. 

For employees included in the mandatory furlough plan who do not report to work during the hours specified above, the mayor has decided that Friday, February 4, 2011 will be one of the six required mandatory furlough days. 

If you have already scheduled a furlough day for Friday 4, 2011 and are now required to report to work due to this event, you will need to reschedule your furlough day.

 Please direct all questions related to this memo to your department director.

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