MODOT Seasonal Employee Layoff

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Wednesday, November 23 2005 Nov 23, 2005 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 11:48:46 AM CST November 23, 2005 in News

Starting December 3rd, waiting until his lunch-hour to run his errands won't be a problem for Larry Perkins.  MODOT told him they did not need seasonal employees like him anymore. 

"I've got a disabled wife, four kids at home, I dont know what I'm gonna do," said Perkins. 

The layoff came as even more of a shock because when he was hired in April, he was told a different story. 

"They told me we would work eleven months out of the twelve.  We would be laid off for one month and then they would put us right back to work," Perkins said.

But MODOT says differently: "There is no full set date as to when we start them and when we stop them, we do it year by year, case by case," said MODOT's Eric Schroeter.

Perkins says the way they go about it seems wrong.

"They told me they have to get rid of all seasonals.  They just hired a seasonal and they're gonna keep him," Perkins said. 

Another worker blamed budget shortfalls due to high diesel prices, but MODOT disagrees. 

"The money that's budgeted for salaries is seperate from the money that's budgeted for spending on the roadways, for materials we need and those type of things," Schroeter said. 

Perkins says, the numbers do not add up.

"They're hollerin they need help because winter's coming, push snow, and then they're layin us all off, I dont understand," Perkins said. 

59 other people will be asking the same questions.  MODOT has 500 permanent employees.  It says none of them will lose their jobs.

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