State workers could be laid off without the usual 30-day notice under rule changes the Michigan Civil Service Commission is preparing to adopt.
The move would let the state lay off workers more quickly if the government shuts down many of its services when the new fiscal year starts October 1 because a new budget isn't in place.
Union contracts generally require a 30-day notice to the unions and a shorter notice for identifying specific employees.
But the commission has scheduled a meeting for September 28 to eliminate those requirements between October 1 and November 3.
UAW Local 6000 spokesman Alan Kilar says the state constitution gives the commission the authority to change the layoff rules, even though that would violate contracts now in place.