ProJo: Carcieri, unions to avoid layoffs

The impending layoff of as many as 1,000 state workers may have been averted, the Providence Journal reports this morning on its Web site:

Governor Carcieri confirmed that the administration has reached a proposed agreement with the state employee unions that imposes pay cuts in place of layoffs or government shutdowns.

Under the agreement, state workers would take eight unpaid days in this fiscal year and four unpaid days in the next fiscal year and wait an additional six months for their next pay raise.

“There will be no layoffs, there’s no shutdowns, none of that. All anyone is agreeing is that they’re going to take a pay reduction,” the governor said, reiterating details outlined by union officials earlier Friday morning.

In Monday’s Herald, Joanna Wohlmuth wrote about the planned layoffs after a state supreme court justice’s stay of the governor’s  initial plan to order state “shutdown” days. Li’l Rhody, like many states, is facing some tough decisions and a big budget deficit. But hey, things can’t be that bad so long as KFC is  “doubling down” on our fair state, can they? (Fried chicken and bacon? Sign us up.)

Make sure to pick up a copy of the Herald after the weekend to read more about the state’s financial crisis.