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PUC will be Closed Friday Nov. 26th for cost-saving Furlough Day
 
November, 23 2010
2010-28
 
Contacts: Ray Baum, Chairman, 503 378-6611, Susan Ackerman, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, John Savage, Commissioner, 503 378-6611, Bob Valdez, Public Affairs Specialist, 503 378-8962
 
Salem, OR.  In response to budget reductions for state agencies, the Oregon Public Utility Commission will close on Friday, November 26th when Commission employees will take their final mandatory unpaid furlough day for 2010.
 
The November furlough day is the eighth of 10 closure dates the state has scheduled over the current two-year budget period.  Each furlough day will save an estimated $2 million in personnel costs. While the closures affect both management and non-management employees, many state workers will take up to four additional days of unpaid furlough on a floating basis over the remainder of the biennium.
 
 Please call your utility company if you wish to make payment arrangements or check on the status of a payment.  If you have questions regarding a water, natural gas, electric or telephone company regulated by the Commission, please contact the Commission’s Consumer Services Division when we reopen Monday November 29th between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm toll free at 1-800-522-2404.
 
Applications for the Telephone Assistance Programs are available online at
 
The remaining mandatory unpaid furlough days are:  March 18, 2011 and
May 20, 2011.          
 
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