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Shutdown lay-off notices going out

Statement from Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter:

“Due to the lack of a negotiated budget agreement, the State of Minnesota has begun the contingency planning process for a break in government service beginning July 1st, when this fiscal year ends.  Under contract with several state employee bargaining units, Minnesota Management and Budget is required to send layoffs notices to employees on specific dates.

On Wednesday, June 1, 2011, approximately 800 employees who are represented by the Minnesota Law Enforcement Association (MLEA) will be notified that they may be laid off July 1, 2011, unless they are directed to report to work to perform critical services during a government shutdown.  The MLEA represents State Patrol Troopers, DNR Conservation Officers, and licensed peace officers who work for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Commerce.

On June 10, 2011, approximately 35,000 employees who are represented by AFSCME Council 5, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees, the Middle Management Association, the Minnesota Government Engineers Council, the Minnesota Nurses Associations, and the State Residential Schools Education Association will be notified that they may be laid off July 1, 2011, unless they are directed to report to work to perform critical services during a government shutdown.”

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