Plainfield employees are said to be getting the required letter of notice of possible layoffs tomorrow.
The Robinson-Briggs administration is apparently moving full throttle on its budget proposal, which will be presented to the City Council at a special meeting on Monday at 7:30 PM.
A second item on that special meeting's agenda will be a proposed layoff plan for FY2011 (which began this past July 1).
While a general letter is sent to all employees warning of possible layoffs, the plan will not go into effect until a) presented by the Administration, b) adopted by the Council, and c) approved by the State. Only at that point would actual layoff notices be given, to take effect 45 days from the date issued.
I am told that vis-a-vis the Police Division, the Robinson-Briggs administration is --
- Putting a freeze in place on all open positions;
- Demanding 10 furlough days or a 5% wage cut;
- Canceling the scheduled hiring of 7 new cops in October**;
- Canceling promotions;
- Reducing overtime.
Robinson-Briggs, who won office initially with strong backing from the police unions, may be risking touching the third rail here. We shall see.
It is going to be another wild ride, though at least the budget is being delivered to the Council months earlier than last year.
**The figures cited in the Ledger's online UCR report for Plainfield gave a total of 135 officers in the Police Division -- a lower than we have ever been told to date.
SPECIAL CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Introduction of the FY2011 Budget
and proposed Layoff Plan
Monday, October 4 | 7:30 PM
City Hall Library
-- Dan Damon [follow]