State layoffs set to begin, 649 to lose their jobs

State layoffs set to begin, 649 to lose their jobs

By Brooks Baehr - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State workers will begin losing their jobs Friday, victims of the state's budget crisis.

Effective Friday 84 non-union employees will be fired. Friday, November 20, 384 state workers will be let go. They are all union people. In December another 181 state employees will be accepting retirement.

That is a total of 649 state positions that will be vacated by the end of the year. It is far fewer than the almost 1,194 positions Governor Linda Lingle estimated would be cut when she first announced layoffs back in July.

A second round of layoffs is still possible.

"Well, that's an option I know that the governor has always said that we may have to layoff (more). We hope not to. It all depends on what happens with the labor negotiations as well. It's something in the future we cannot predict. We're doing the best we can," said Marie Laderta, Director of the of the Department of Human Resources and Development.

The labor negotiations Laderta mentions are the ongoing talks the state is engaged in with both the United Public Workers Union and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.

The Department of Human Services is the hardest hit by the first round of layoffs. 190 people there are losing their jobs.

96 are being let go from the Department of Health.

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