More than 80 Los Angeles city 911 operators staged a sickout Friday to protest furloughs and budget cuts that took effect Thursday as part of the city's new fiscal-year budget, a representative of the Los Angeles police union confirmed to LA Weekly.

Tweets went out to the police union's leader, Police Protective League president Paul M. Weber, warning of the work action, the rep confirmed. The source of the Twitter account was “la cityworkers.”

The Los Angeles Times reported that the police department was covering for absent workers, with one LAPD official stating that only low-priority calls would be affected if the sickout continued past the day shift.

LA Weekly