Long Island diocese offering buyouts

January 26, 2010 6:39:30 AM PST
One of Long Island's largest employers, the Diocese of Rockville Centre, plans to offer voluntary buyouts to 25 percent of its 6,000 employees. Beginning next month, the offer will be made to about 1,500 full-time and part-time workers.

They include administrators, education directors, outreach workers, maintenance workers and non-unionized elementary school teachers. They will have 45 days to decide whether to accept.

Bishop William Murphy said in a letter last week that nearly half of the 133 Roman Catholic parishes operate at a deficit despite steady donations. He said that's partly because requests for the diocese's services have increased.

The diocese has no plans to close or consolidate schools or parishes.

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