Union threatens to sue over Governor's proposed budget cuts

By WLOX Staff

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - A state worker's union is doing more than just criticizing the governor's latest budget plan; They're threatening to sue.

The Mississippi Alliance of State Employees says Governor Haley Barbour's proposal to merge state universities and consolidate public school districts is simply a way to get rid of employees on the state payroll.

Alliance President Brenda Scott says state workers are already stretched thin, and the governor's 12 percent budget cut can only be met by cutting people.

In a letter, Scott also criticized the governor for wanting to abandoned the state law governing state employee rights. Those are rights that Scott says are spelled out in the employee handbook.

The union leader says if lawmakers go along with the governor's plans, they'll face a class action lawsuit.

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