Union challenges Nixon’s plan to cut jobs in Medicaid program

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Jefferson City, Mo. Photo by The Associated Press.

Gov. Jay Nixon’s plan to cut 60 Family Support Division jobs doesn’t set well with a labor union that represents those employees.

Bradley Harmon, spokesman for the Communication Workers of America’s Local 6355, stated the state employees at the Social Services and Health and Senior Services departments were deeply disappointed “in the Governor’s half-hearted plan to expand Medicaid (while) preparing pink slips for 60 more” of the employees.

During Monday night’s State of the State address, Nixon barely mentioned the state employee job cuts, and gave no specifics in 35 seconds of the speech about the 283 employee positions cut in the state’s budget that he’s proposed for the business year that begins July 1.

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