Temporary furloughs for 100 Crawford County government workers begin Monday as the county is facing lower revenues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crawford County commissioners announced the furloughs last week, calling it a "difficult decision" after having met with other county elected officials and department heads as well as Local 668 of the Service Employees International Union. The union represents county workers.

"Some may do a partial furlough of one or two days," Eric Henry, chairman of commissioners, said Thursday afternoon. "Some may work two days, be off three while others work three and be off two days."

Charlene Smith, business agent for Local 668 SEIU, said the county and union worked together.

"The county and the union did as well as we could under this circumstance," Smith said. "We worked together to follow the contract.

"This is my first time in 30 years to experience something like this," Smith said of the pandemic's effect on staffing.

The temporary furloughs are based on the department heads' plans to cut staff while maintaining services to the public, Henry said.

While the temporary furloughs begin Monday, they are indefinite at this point.

"We want to bring them back as quickly as we can," Henry said.

The 100 temporary furloughs represent more than 15 percent of the county's 650 full- and part-time workers.

Those affected will continue to be covered by the county's health care program under current guidelines and contributions, according to commissioners.

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