Step 1 in the statewide lay-off process.
The newest 20% of the stateworkers got this letter. It has nothing to
do with the work we do or how well we do it. Just more recently
hired. People who have been with the state nearly 4 years that I know
of. I have 2 years. My cube mate less than a year. Not looking good
The letter says that "even when a budget is passed.... layoffs will be
A lot of sad, angry and frightened people. And yes, I am one of them.
This is happening all over the state in almost all departments. Fun times.
Manual Lopez, our Deputy Director, met with us to try to soften the
blow of the bureaucratic letter which came from the Department of
Personnel Administration. He tried to give us hope that the budget
will be worked out before lay-offs will be implemented and that many
jobs will be found through attrition, redefinition and other juggling
acts. He expressed understanding and concern for our welfare, and the
welfare of the organization and parks we serve. He said he has had
sleepless night over this. He was very nice. We are still bummed, to
say the least. and looking at becoming bums.