A message from management

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I don't know about any of the other agencies, but the Director of DHS has been meeting with groups of employees around the state recently.  For some people, those  meetings are in person at the work site. For others that are more remote, they're arranging video conferences.

There were no surprises in the message he conveyed. He was forthcoming about the fact that all of the agencies were asked to provide a budget with a 30% cut in projects. He brought up furloughs and layoffs. He answered questions from the people who attended. Since he covered all of the key points, I didn't have to ask those questions.

What was surprising is how few people attended. And the fact that everyone was scared to be front-and-center. They all hung back by the walls. They even waited in the overflow area when over half the room was still empty. That's just odd to me.

What are some of the points that came out of the meeting? Based on what he said, and the questions asked:

  • Management and Exec staff have been taking furlough days this biennium. There is no information on furlough for them in the next biennium.
  • Represented staff are in bargaining, so there's no information about any furlough days.
  • There's no hard information about layoffs at this point.
  • The budget forecast due in May will be the point at which everyone starts making real decisions for the next biennium. Until we know just how deep the hole is, we won't know what we need to climb out of it.
  • He expects that the 30% program cut proposals will be a starting place for the Governor to look at, not a set-in-stone budget plan. These plans should be public at the time of this posting.
  • "There is no secret plan."

Bottom Line: Management, at the highest levels, does not know what is going to happen, any more than we do. We're all in a holding pattern waiting for the Ways and Means Committee results, and for the final budget update in May before the new biennium starts. And right now, the economists are just guessing as well.

We're in for a rough ride friends!!!

 

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Re: A message from management

What does a 30% cut look like? Well, the informal numbers put out by 503 show over 5,600 positions being eliminated across the state. That number should help everyone realize just how bad things could get--just from the perspective of keeping your job.

Mind you, the amount of positions listed to be cut was completely up to the individual agencies and OUS. The percentage is not the same from agency-to-agency. And there's nothing to say that we will be facing the 30% cuts across-the-board.

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Re: A message from management

There's another, informal and unpublicized message from management. One agency's HR has sent out communications to management asking them to be tolerant of the union's activities around bargaining.

Thank you!

Anyone else hearing reports like this? Speak up if you are!

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