The Communications Workers of America harshly criticized layoff notices sent to dozens of inspectors in New Jersey’s Division of Codes and Standards, the agency charged with ensuring the safety of carnival rides, fireworks displays, buildings and elevators, construction sites, and other hazardous locations.
Hetty Rosenstein, State Director of the Communications Workers of America said: “The workers that Codes and Standards is laying off are responsible for inspecting elevators, carnival rides, fireworks, construction sites and more.
“Unless Gov. Christie is also planning to save money by canceling every fair, halting all construction, and making New Jerseyans take the stairs, these layoffs could put thousands of people at risk.
“From the bridge collapse in Minnesota to the collapse of our economy on Wall Street, you would think the Governor would have learned the consequences of lax regulation. Legislators in Trenton must act quickly to stop these dangerous cuts.”
A union representative said approximately 40 to 50 people are being laid off.
Layoff notices were reportedly being issued Friday.
The Department of Community Affairs is scheduled to absorb a 1.6 percent budget cut next fiscal year, down to $724 million.
Spokespeople from DCA did not immediately respond Friday afternoon to a request for a comment on the layoffs.