Layoff of Half of New Orleans City Employees
Mayor Ray Nagin has announced that about half of the city’s workforce will be laid off owing to Hurricane Katrina.
Mayor Ray Nagin said Tuesday the city is laying off as many as 3,000 employees Ã¢€” or about half the city’s workforce Ã¢€” because of the damage done to New Orleans’ finances by Hurricane Katrina. Nagin announced with “great sadness” that he had been unable to find the money to keep the workers on the payroll.
Meanwhile, former President Clinton met with dozens of New Orleans-area evacuees staying at a shelter in Baton Rouge’s convention center. And officials ended their door-to-door sweep for corpses in Louisiana with the death toll Tuesday at 972 Ã¢€” far fewer than the 10,000 the mayor had feared at one point. Mississippi’s Katrina death toll was 221.
A company hired by the state to remove bodies will remain on call if any others are found.
A shame indeed that the workers are being laid off amidst the devastation, given that the infrastructure is at its worst stage in memory. Oddly, given the boatloads of federal money coming in for the relief effort, one would think there would be little problem making payroll.