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JUDGE JAMES GIDDINGS ISSUES INJUNCTION ON LAYOFF OF MICHIGAN TREASURY EMPLOYEES

 JUDGE JAMES GIDDINGS ISSUES INJUNCTION ON LAYOFF
 OF MICHIGAN TREASURY EMPLOYEES
 LANSING, Mich., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Late Tuesday, Nov. 26, Judge James Giddings, Michigan Circuit Court, issued a preliminary injunction requiring the Michigan Department of Treasury to immediately reinstate 13 Treasury employees who had been laid off due to budget reductions.
 "The Department of Treasury, like all of state government, is required to live within the amount appropriated for its operations," explained State Treasurer Douglas B. Roberts. "This means that departments are prohibited from overspending in any line item appropriation of the budget.
 "It is unfortunate that the preliminary injunction was issued. The department will immediately comply, but will ask the Attorney General's Office to file an appeal," Roberts continued. "A reduction in staff is one of the most difficult decisions that a department director has to make and I made each decision after very careful review."
 In this particular case, the employees were prevented from bumping into any other jobs in the department because of a union contract with the state which prohibited employees outside their union from bumping into union jobs and likewise prohibited these union employees from bumping into any other positions in the department.
 The Treasury Department believes that it followed all of the rules and contracts. "The preliminary injunction will require the state spend money it doesn't have. This will mean that additional cuts will have to be made to offset the added costs. If the reinstatement is not reversed, other reductions will have to be made," Roberts concluded.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Clay of Michigan Department of Treasury, 517-373-3223/ CO: Michigan Department of Treasury ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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