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State of Michigan employees won
provisional victory, as Gov. Rick Snyder
(R) delays layoffs scheduled for Oct 1st
"He thinks it's more important to do it right than to do it quickly," Wurfel said to the Detroit Free Press, Gov. Snyder is "strongly committed to working with the unions."
“I was at a rally this afternoon of state employees in front of the Cadillac Place which is the state government building. And they were protesting the fact that some of them are scheduled to be lay off. The Governor has decided not to do that, at least not to look at that right now. They are seeking $262 million dollar in concessions from public employees.”
“(State employees) have been asked year, after year, after year to give up, give up, give up give. My statement was at a point, you don’t have anything to give. I think it’s’ crazy to expect state employees to balance the budget”, he said.
“It is not their fault…every one of those people that work for the government; we should look at them as gold. They have a job, they pay taxes, they go in the community and go to the stores and shop….their money go around the community and comes back”, Rep. Dural, Jr. cited.
“The alternative for that is to lay those (State employees) off and put them on unemployment, which was reduced down from 26 weeks to 20 weeks. And after they do the extensions, if they have any, then go to onto social services. (Next) we carry them for up to 48 months based on what they done just recently,” he cited.
“In both cases, we pay 100% of unemployment, 100% of welfare get nothing back. They need to work. We don’t need to add to the unemployment rate. We need to keep the folks we have and try to find something else to do”, he replied.
"What they're saying if they won't try it is that they think vendors can't be squeezed, but state employees can be," Greishaber cited.