Hundreds of state layoffs set to start Friday

Hundreds of state layoffs set to start Friday

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The first round of massive state layoffs is just a few days away and by the end of next week, hundreds of people will be out of work.

In all, the state called for 1,100 layoffs and most of them will be out of work by next Friday.

About 25 non-union employees will be let go this Friday.

The bumping process is underway where senior employees can accept a demotion but still have a state job.  The state has not ruled out a second round of layoffs but at this point Marie Laderta, the state's chief negotiator says the state is trying to re-do the way it does business and make the government leaner.

Meanwhile the state and United Public Workers union are still trying to agree on a new contract for prison guards and state hospital workers.

Arbitration ended Monday and Tuesday, both sides went back into mediation.

They are trying to come up with a compromise on their own rather than being forced to accept what the arbitrator decides.