With public employees unions locked in negotiations with the state on the terms of a new contract, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has ordered state agencies to brace for layoffs starting July 15, according to an internal memo obtained by the Times Union.
The 2011-12 state budget calls for $450 million in concessions from the workforce, saying up to 9,800 layoffs could come if the state and unions can’t come up with a sufficient agreement.
“In consultation with the Department of Civil Service and the Division of Budget, agencies have begun taking the necessary steps to achieve the target of 9800 layoffs beginning July 15,” the memo reads.
According to the report, a memo sent from Cuomo’s Budget Director Robert Megna and Howard Glaser, director of state operations, the state’s agency heads were told Wednesday to prepare “a list of titles impacted by workforce reductions” by June 13. Some of those whose positions are targeted will be able to take a non-targeted job within the same agency, “bumping” workers with less seniority.
The full memo can be found here.
The state’s largest unions have already been far from pleased with Cuomo in recent days, blasting the governor for his new, less generous pension proposal as well as the closing of four juvenile justice facilities across the state.