The city has sought to ease the transition as much as possible, given the blunt force of it: only two weeks’ pay, and very short notice in an iffy economy. They planned a job fair for some employees and may hire some workers in city departments exempt from the layoffs. Carla Sutton, a city behavioral health specialist, met with seven members of the city law department Thursday afternoon, explaining to them the city will extend counseling, career and psychological, to the dismissed workers for no charge.
So, not only is Atlanta expending additional monies for a job fair, but some of these “laid off” employees are going to possibly be hired by other City departments. Plus, those who are not able to be re-hired get psychological counseling at no charge. Counseling?!?! Suck it up, people!
Is there anything the City of Atlanta won’t pay for? Oh yeah, I forgot: police officers, city prosecutors and fire fighters. Thank God, though, that the budget contains enough money for a “city behavioral health specialist.” That’s clearly a “must have.”
Atlanta: the city too busy to budget.