A program that allowed nearly 13,000 nonunion New York state employees to exchange unused vacation time for cash payments has been rescinded for this fiscal year.
A state budget division spokesman says the order to cancel the program was issued Wednesday. The move is expected to save $5 million this fiscal year, which ends March 31.
The Organization of Management Confidential Employees, a labor organization that represents the employees' interests, called the decision "counterproductive."
Joe Sano, executive director of OMCE, says the organization offered the governor's staff other suggestions for savings and the vacation policy change is more a symbolic gesture than attempt to economize.