Not all union workers forced to take furloughs

Nebraska government workers won't all have to stay home, unpaid, to help ease budget pressures that threaten to force layoffs and reductions in state services.

More than 900 state workers covered by union contracts will get raises this year but won't have to take two furlough days like most other union employees. That's because the departments aren't under the direct control of the governor, have separate union contracts, and their bosses have decided not to require furloughs.

More than 400 of those employees are in the Department of Education. The others are in the state college system. Education Commissioner Roger Breed said one reason furloughs didn't make sense is because the department gets most of its money from the federal, not state, government.