Caprio: Lay Off 1,000 Non-union State Workers
In case you missed it, State Treasurer Frank Caprio told Dan Yorke last Friday afternoon that he thinks that the quickest and easiest way for the Governor to lay off 1,000 state workers would be to focus on the non-union employees. Caprio added that non-union employees make up 1/3 of the state work force and that they are primarily higher salary workers. Additionally, Caprio also explained that these non-union workers are automatically given the same benefits that unions have obtained at the bargaining table. However, since they are non-union, the Governor has the ability to change their benefit packages without having to go through formal renegotiations.
Caprio is probably correct regarding the higher salaries of non-union employees because–and I’m only guessing–I suspect that these workers would fall into the administrator/manager types. His is also a pragmatic approach toward quickly reducing government outlays. However, there is also little doubt in my mind that he’s trying to play this both ways by trying to take the focus off of union workers. Like it or not, our budgetary problems are too big to ignore unionized state employees. If 1/3 of the state work force is non-union, then who comprises the other 2/3s?