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Paterson’s 900 Worker Layoffs On The Way

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Gov. David Paterson (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

Gov. David Paterson (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The nearly 900 New York state workers scheduled for layoffs Dec. 31 are getting information about their rights in a grim holiday mailing.

The letters to 898 people slated for layoffs announced by Gov. David Paterson in October advise them of their rights under union contracts and civil service law. In some cases, targeted employees will be able to “bump” a colleague with less seniority. The provision gives the employee a period of time to decide.

Final layoff notices don’t need to be sent until Dec. 10 to comply with a union contract that requires at least 20 days’ notice.

The layoffs are part of Paterson’s plan to address $250 million of the state’s deepening deficit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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