ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Massive layoffs, earmarked in the dreaded New York State budget,are now expected to hit as early as July first.
According to the Governor's office, David Paterson has alreadydirected department heads to make plans for layoffs.
But in a letter sent out Tuesday to state workers, the governormakes a pitch, urging them to pressure their own unions.
Flo Tripi (Region 6 President, Civil Service EmployeesAssociation) said, "First of all, he bargains with the unions. Hedoesn't bargain with employees."
And that's exactly what union leader Flo Tripi says GovernorDavid Paterson is doing, by sending out a letter to state workerswarning of summer layoffs.
In the letter that went out on Tuesday, the governor says thathe has asked New Yorkers to make modest sacrifies. He goes on toblame the union leaders, saying that the public employee unionshave refused to consider any concessions at all.
Tripi said, "As far as we're concerned there was no negotiation.He put things on the table that he wanted and said 'if you don'tlisten to me, I'm not interested in hearing anything else.'"
And Paterson says he's making good on a threat he made to layoff 8,900 state employees.
The cuts could come from just about any state department fromthe Department of Motor Vehicles to the Department ofTransportation.
Flo Tripi represents 41,000 public workers, many of them arefrom the state, and could fall victim to Paterson's budget.
Tripi said, "The hardest part of my job is just looking peoplein the eye and watching them just start questioning, 'what am Igonna do?'"
The state came up with the number 8900 because, according to thegovernor's office, that equals $481 million dollars, equivalent tothe concessions the unions were asked to make last year.
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