Despite judge’s order, plans being made for census layoffs

Even though a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to halt winding down the 2020 census for the time being, supervisors in at least one California office have been instructed to make plans for laying off census takersBy MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated PressSeptember 10, 2020, 3:56 PM• 5 min readORLANDO, Fla. — Even though a…

Despite judge’s order, plans being made for census layoffs

Even though a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to halt winding down the 2020 census for the time being, supervisors in at least one California office have been instructed to make plans for laying off census takersBy MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated PressSeptember 10, 2020, 3:56 PM• 5 min readORLANDO, Fla. — Even though a federal judge ordered the U.S. Census Bureau to halt winding down the 2020 census for the time being, supervisors in at least one California office have been instructed to make plans for laying off census takers, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press.The email sent Wednesday from a field manager in California instructs supervisors to rate the census takers working under them with letters “A,” “B,” and “C.” Those getting a “C” rating will be the first terminated during the next round of layoffs, according to the email which doesn’t say when the cuts will take place.Census Bureau spokesman Michael Cook said no directive to make such ratings has been made from headquarters or the six regional offices across the county. Census officials planned to follow up with the local offices to make sure they understood the correct procedures, he said.“This is not something we are directing people to do,” Cook said.The email was sent out Wednesday, just days after U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California, granted a temporary restraining order last weekend to stop the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing for a preliminary injunction is held Sept. 17.According to the email, those rated “A” are considered top performers and should be kept until the end of the head count which is at the end of September, for now. Census takers rated “B” are considered “good” and also should be kept, the instructions said.In response to the judge’s temporary restraining order, the Census Bureau said
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