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NC DOT to lay off more than 400 employees

Posted September 12, 2011

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— The North Carolina Department of Transportation notified employees on Monday that it will lay off more than 400 workers by the end of June because of state budget cuts.

"We were not immune, although we were given time to decide how to make the necessary workforce reductions," Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in an email to employees. "The decisions we made were based on the changing world in which we live."

What positions will be affected are still unclear, Conti said, and decisions will be made in the coming weeks.

All state departments have been required to cut spending as a result of North Carolina's spending plan.

"The public demands smaller government, and the financial resources to continue to operate at our previous levels just do not exist any longer," Conti said.

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  • Stephinnc Sep 21, 2011

    Thank you Beverly

  • Stephinnc Sep 21, 2011

    Are you kidding me, after not having a raise or cost of living increase in I don't even want to think how long, someone suggested state employees take a cut. My husband is so far behind on his pay raises. He takes classes to help do his job and after completing each or several classes he should receive a raise. BUT no he hasn't received a raise in at least four years. State employee's insurance went up just like non-state employees also. They have bills just like everyone else, as you can tell I don't like this. I am also a state employee with a school system and no we are lower middle class if that. If they want to cut some fat they need to start at THE TOP, where the pay is way higher!

  • ElleMarie Sep 13, 2011

    stormy, then that requires intervention and your supervisors should be doing something. Lay offs don't solve an inherent problem in the system. Ps. I'm not over the 40 year and I've seen a fair bit across the state.

  • cabgf Sep 13, 2011

    It's never possible to make a statement that applies to all individuals, but many of the people I have worked with at NCDOT are hard working, caring individuals. They care about doing a good job, about improving the state and about helping out their coworkers.

  • stormy Sep 13, 2011

    Ellemarie, I take it you are over the 40 year, Not sure where you work but here the people over 30 years do nothing. They will tell you they are not going to do nothing because if they get fired so be it Quote "I have my 30" so I was commenting on what I see here.

  • ElleMarie Sep 13, 2011

    Stormy, you're ridiculous. "Send home experience!"- stormy... please. Go read some statistics about how much those with over 40 years make. Do you really think the few people who work for the state that take home a big paycheck are going to be some of the 400 laid off? Please. Cutting regular wage 40+ years individuals would be absurd (and discrimination to boot)

  • cabgf Sep 13, 2011

    Rebelyell - I am one of the actual people (not an empty position) that has been cut. It is based soley on the fact that our division was required to cut a dictated number of positions, and I have fewer years than my peers. While there is waste in the government agencies, sending home ACTUAL PEOPLE who work hard and are praised by their managers is not a real solution.

  • stormy Sep 13, 2011

    They should first send people with 30 or more years home. I know some people with over 40 years just milking the state for all they can. Give people with fewer years a chance. GO HOME.

  • barbstillkickin Sep 13, 2011

    WELL I SURE HOPE YOU ILLITERATE'S WHO ALWAYS COMPLAIN THAT STATE EMPLOYEES GET EVERYTHING. BESIDES NOT SEEING A RAISE IN OVER 5 YEARS NOT EVEN COST OF LIVING AND NOW HAVING TO PAY FOR ALL THERE INSURANCE THEY ARE GOING TO BECOME UNEMPLOYED JUST LIKE REGULAR PEOPLE SO PLEASE STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE IT MADE. I AM SICK AND TIRED OF HEARING YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT UNDER PAID OVER WORKED STATE EMPLOYEES WHO GET TAKEN TO THE CLEANERS EVERY SINGLE TIME A GOVERNOR COMES IN AND TRY'S TO IMPRESS THE PEOPLE AND ALL SHE IS DOING IS MAKING MORE CITIZEN'S OF N.C. TO BE IN THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE. HOPE THE PEOPLE WHO CONSTANTLY COMPLAIN ABOUT THE STATE WORKERS ARE HAPPY. MAY GOD FORGIVE YOU FOR ASKING FOR MORE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK. THANK YOU GOVERNOR PURDUE.

  • ncsingledad2boys Sep 13, 2011

    Does this mean when it snows this year I can stay home around the fire nd roast marshmallows like Bev nd the rest of the uppity ups ? Just asking

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