NEW JERSEY (CBS) – Officials in New Jersey have begun the process of issuing layoff notices to as many as 1,200 state workers early next year, and their main union is not too happy about it.

It’s the latest in a series of promised budget cuts from the Christie Administration. The only thing that stopped them from acting sooner was an agreement between the unions and former Governor Jon Corzine to postpone raises in return for job protections that expire at year’s end.

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Hetti Rosenstein heads up the Communications Workers of America, representing 40,000 state workers:

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“There has been so much attrition. There have been so many more people who have retired than were expected, and there’s a hiring freeze. There is no need for any layoffs.”

The exact number of pink slips to go out will be determined as revenue estimates are adjusted over the next few months. The CWA contract comes up for renewal in July and job security tops of her list of demands.

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Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060