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More numbers on parks layoffs

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Dec. 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm with No Comments »
December 21, 2011 8:25 am

I’ve been asking how many full-time parks staff would be left in the field after upcoming layoffs and how many office staff would be left. The union and legislators have been making an issue out of that ratio, saying there would end up being more people in the headquarters and regional offices than in the field.

Parks officials gave me some numbers today, though they say they still don’t know the exact layoff totals.

They say they have 494 current year-round workers, and 163 of them — a third — are stationed at the offices.

(A footnote: 43 of those are paid with federal money or state capital-construction money so are immune to these layoffs, and the agency argues they shouldn’t be counted since they’re working on separate projects and don’t support the field staff.).

Either way, that’s much lower than the union’s numbers. But the fraction will grow in this round of cuts as no more than 23 of the office staff stand to lose their jobs in this round and it’s clear more than 100 field employees will get pink slips.

How much will it grow? We don’t know because parks says the true number of layoffs hasn’t been determined and some of the workers could land in other jobs.

Here’s my story in the morning paper.

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