Nassau County government threatens layoffs

November 29, 2011 3:12:50 PM PST
Nassau County officials say more than 400 employees will be laid off unless labor unions make $75 million in concessions by Dec. 15.

According to Newsday, ( ) the county also could demote another 200 workers.

Nassau is facing a $310 million deficit for fiscal 2012.

Newsday says the hardest hit departments would include social services, parks, recreation and museums, police, and public works.

Labor leaders say their members won't agree to concessions that could bring pay cuts of between $12,000 and $35,000 per employee.

The president of the Civil Service Employees Association wants the county to offer workers incentives to retire voluntarily.