EAST CHICAGO | East Chicago municipal employees will no longer have to take furlough days because of budgetary constraints.
Mayor Anthony Copeland signed an executive order Thursday ending furlough days for all city employees.
A statement issued by the mayor's office said Copeland's decision was possible through cost-saving measures and increased efficiency.
A significant, permanent cost saving and corresponding reduction in its operating budget have improved the city’s financial position and overall financial health, the statement said.
"The city has reached a position which enables us to return all employees to a full work schedule. Therefore be advised Friday will be the final furlough day,” the statement read.
Earlier this year, the Teamsters' furlough days were removed.