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Thu September 1, 2011
No layoff notices for Michigan's state employees
Update 3:12 p.m.
Governor Rick Snyder has decided not to send out 30-day layoff notices to thousands of state workers while contract bargaining continues.
Allowing today’s deadline to pass means no workers can be laid off with the start of the state’s new fiscal year on October 1.
The governor’s spokeswoman says he wants to send a signal that he’s confident a deal can be reached without resorting to layoffs and other temporary solutions to keep the state budget balanced.
Ray Holman is with UAW Local 6000, the largest state employee union. He says the decision not to send layoff notices was the right one.
"We agree with Governor Snyder that we need to make structural changes and what we need to do is look at the private contracts and then also invest in frontline staff, invest in the foot soldiers - the people actually doing the work."
Holman says that means managers should be first in line to lose their jobs to budget cuts.
The Snyder administration is trying to convince state employees to pick up a bigger share of their health and retirement costs.
The administration is looking for a total of $265 million dollars in employee savings.
Governor Rick Snyder's administration will not send layoff notices to state employees as contract talks continue.
Snyder's spokeswoman says he wants to send a signal to state employees that he believes a deal can be struck before the state's new fiscal year begins on October 1.
State contracts require 30-day notice before layoffs can occur.