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Layoff Notices Sent to CHP Officers, Other State Workers

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Nearly 370 California Highway Patrol officers are being sent notices they could be laid off this fall because of the state´s dire fiscal condition.

The surplus notices are being issued to nearly 10,000 state workers this month employed at more than 70 of the state´s 150 departments. The notices will not necessarily result in layoffs. But, Governor Davis is telling unions the alternative is saving $855 million from employees´ salaries.

The California State Employees Association accuses the Department of Corrections with unfair labor practices for sending surplus notices to about 330 prison teachers instead of prison guards. But the department says it´s about to send similar notices to about 2,500 guards and parole officers.