In this article from jsonline in Milwaukee the board of the Social Development Commission voted to include four furlough days, which is when worker get unpaid time off, because of the budget from 2011 and 2012 has decreased by $5 million. The furlough will allow the county to save money, but also forces employees who were furlough-eligible to have to either take days off or work without pay. The SDC passed the measure with a 7-3 vote, they know the furlough are bound to affect productivity, but it has to be done. The argument that the SDC used to show that they were helping the situation and that even though it was going to be a little hurtful, they themselves went through a list of their staff members and came up with about 450 workers that were furlough-eligible.
I feel the argument is a strong one, because in a time of financial crisis you want to know that measures people of power are taking that will impact your life will also impact their life and they were not the ones gaining from it. So it also helps to know that they are being affected to.