ALBANY - (AP) - The nearly 900 New York state workersscheduled for layoffs Dec. 31 are getting information about theirrights in a grim holiday mailing.

The letters to 898 people slated for layoffs announced by Gov.David Paterson in October advise them of their rights under unioncontracts and civil service law. In some cases, targeted employeeswill be able to "bump" a colleague with less seniority. Theprovision gives the employee a period of time to decide.

Final layoff notices don't need to be sent until Dec. 10 tocomply with a union contract that requires at least 20 days'notice.

The layoffs are part of Paterson's plan to address $250 millionof the state's deepening deficit.

Bloomberg announces layoff plans, funding cuts