Cuomo May Begin Job Cuts

June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 1:30 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY ( WKBW ) Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to move forward with his plan to layoff up to 9,800 workers across New York State in early July.

Cuomo says termination will go in waves starting June 15th.

The state will start with a system called "bumping."

Here is how it works: If a job is on the chopping block, then an individual in that position who has greater seniority can potentially transfer to other positions now being cut.

Cuomo's team has been negotiating with unions, civil service employees associations, and the Public Employee Federation since April 1st, when their contracts expired.

New York State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt told Eyewitness News, "It's going to be contentious. I stand by Governor Cuomo in his attempt to take bold and serious action."

Stephen Madaraz, President of the CSEA Union commented, "This Governor has come in with a pledge to get the economy going and moving us forward. To be looking at layoffs, you can't possibly do that without having a negative impact on the economy."

The official number of layoffs could be reduced depending on savings achieved through labor concessions.

Cuomo anticipates a savings of $450 million dollars in State workforce savings this year.

Statement of CSEA President Danny Donohue

Layoff memo leak is another bad Cuomo administration choice

ALBANY, NY (06/09/2011)(readMedia)-- "The Cuomo administration's leak of information that they will begin the layoff process for state employees is another bad choice. CSEA is still negotiating in good faith to try to find alternatives to layoffs with the administration and announcing layoff plans is not helpful to that process.

Governor Cuomo adds insult to injury by leaking this information on the same day he proposed a Tier VI for the pension system that would mean the lowest paid employees in public employment would have to pay more, work longer and receive less benefit. It was also leaked on the same day closures and downsizing of juvenile justice facilities were announced, which will put more people out of work and undermine important public safety services.

Governor Cuomo's actions speak louder than words in expressing his lack of concern for real working people who struggle to do their jobs, pay their bills and contribute in their communities."