State Employees Facing Fast Layoffs

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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.

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  • by shelley Location: lansing on Sep 25, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    My husband works for the state. When he took the job for the state he did not get a large increase in pay. Actually he only received 25 cents per hour more. So to Stephanie I don't see 2X the income of a non state job. More like $520 per year. The legislature members make far more than we do and they get to vote for their raises unlike the rest of us. Maybe they should be making far less than they do because they sure don't do any work for what they get.
  • by heather Location: haslett on Sep 20, 2007 at 05:42 PM
    A government shutdown would mean no roads being repaired, not tax refunds being issued, no secretary of state. Maybe you should think about that before you start bashing state employees. I agree management does make to much but those of us one the front line that do that work make considerable less than the private sector. I know quite a few people that took pay cuts to work for the state. Government employees work paycheck to paycheck too just like the rest of you. IT's not like anyone can't take the civil service exam and be interviewed for these positions.
  • by troubled Location: lansing on Sep 19, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    The first cut should be the salary of the state legislature and their health and retirement benefits. Need to bring them more in line with other mid-western states. The legislature has not been doing anything to protect the reputation of our state and its citizens. They have just been playing party politics. This was not what they were elected to do.
  • by jeff Location: charlotte on Sep 19, 2007 at 01:34 PM
    To the last person to leave the state after the tax increase please turn out the lights!
  • by Enough is Enough Location: Lansing on Sep 19, 2007 at 10:59 AM
    I have had enough. Our Legislature has PROVEN that they don't care about the residents of Michigan. This problem came to them 7 months ago. I would like to see a petition that would make the Legislature a part time Legislature. I also feel that all of the lawmakers should be removed from office and the real people of Michigan should run the state. The people who have families,full time jobs or are retired should be able to lead Michigan,not the slugs that obviously don't care.
  • by Thoroughly disgusted Location: Hillsdale on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    Let the legislators live on the amount of money and food stamps that they think everyone, who is unlucky enough to lose their income, can live on. They get paid so much money and don't care about what happens to the rest of the people in the state. Increasing the taxes will eventually end up meaning less money for the ones who are already struggling to keep food on the table and trying to keep up with the bills. The ones who need to be paying more in taxes are the ones who have the money, but that doesn't seem to happen. Oh well, let's just keep the people in this state living under poverty levels. After all, as long as the government employees have money they don't care about the rest.
  • by pam Location: jackson on Sep 19, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    If they are laying off employees in non-essential services, why do we have these services in the first place?
  • by greg Location: niles on Sep 18, 2007 at 07:42 PM
    well if they get laid off they'll know how some of us out here feel.everything keeps going up,it will cost the gov people to have to spend more to keep things paid,up keep of things,the state cost for things have went up just like our bills,how they going to pay it.I'm speaking of road repairs,buildings repair,ect.things to run the state. utilities up,and many other things,what does the gov pay out?some of there pay needs cut down,but what does it take just to run a state,add all the nessary programs,social programs,schools,grants,what they pay out in gas,lets face it,things have went up.we say no taxes,ok,what do we want them to cut?lets get thoes comments out or cut what?
  • by Stephanie Location: Napoleon on Sep 18, 2007 at 04:25 PM
    All state employees should be taking a pay cut to help offset the budget that is causing so many problems for the state. State workers earn 2x more salary than most other workers in the private sector, and should be willing to take pay cuts to help save jobs. There are too many people in this state trying to pay bills and don't have the resources to pay their bills. It is not fair to make taxpayers come up with the money to pay for their excessive wages.
  • by James Location: Leslie on Sep 18, 2007 at 02:24 PM
    Raising taxes is the answer to economic hardships? Wow, I want my employer to pay me more because I can't control my spending or balance my budget. The idea of a Pay for Performance for state legislators is a great idea. Where do I sign up to support this?
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