State planning work day on Friday after Thanksgiving

Employees unhappy with loss of ‘benefit’

For only the second time in nearly three decades, Missouri government workers have been told they must work the day after Thanksgiving.

The problem for some Missouri government workers is, many have come to expect that day as a holiday even though it is not part of the state law authorizing official days when state government is closed.

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For the current administration, in these tight budget times, the state can save between $1 million and $2 million in overtime costs — extra money that would have to be paid to employees such as highway patrol and corrections officers who would have to work that Friday, regardless of whether or not it’s declared a holiday.

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