State Employees Await Decision On Layoffs

LANSING (WWJ) – An anxious day for 50,000 state employees all over Michigan, who expect to learn Thursday whether they will still have jobs or not.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey said the pink slips would be a matter of procedure, since a 30 day layoff notice is required. Notices would have to be sent out Thursday if the state wanted to take advantage of budgetary savings by making layoffs effective before the start of the fiscal year October 1st.

Contingency plans would be put in place if the layoffs were made in the event concessions could not be made with state employees at the bargaining table.

The Snyder Administration wants $145 million worth of concessions from the employees. The unions have suggested other ways, including fewer managers and cutting the cost of contracts with private companies.

WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said it’s part of Gov. Rick Snyder’s long-term plan to institute some structural changes in the pay of state workers.

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