Bravo Governor, Bravo.Paterson said layoffs in the 200,000-worker force could begin in mid-November. At least one public employees union had already filed a claim against Paterson for his threats to start layoffs.
"We have a binding agreement with the administration prohibiting layoffs or even the threat of layoffs for the duration of the administration," said Stephen Madarasz of the Civil Service Employees Association union. "That's an agreement already upheld by the courts."
Earlier this week, the union filed a labor charge against the administration with the Public Employment Relations Board over just the threat of layoffs.
Paterson has said he would have to resort to layoffs because the unions refused to delay raises or take other action to provide $250 million in savings toward the state's multibillion deficits.
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