Gov. Malloy expresses urgency in Connecticut labor negotiations
HARTFORD >> Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told reporters Tuesday that no matter what happens in the next few weeks he’s going to need state employees to step up to the plate “sooner rather than later.“
The closed-door labor negotiations to extract “at a minimum” $700 million from state employees in 2018 need to be completed “relatively soon,” Malloy said. If the governor’s administration were unable to reach a deal with the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, Malloy plans to lay off about 4,200 state employees, according to the budget document he released in February.
He said he’s loathe to continue budget discussions without an indication that the labor savings will materialize.
“We need to get the real savings from labor of the target number at a minimum and it needs to be sooner rather than later,” Malloy said.
Malloy declined to characterize the discussions between his administration and SEBAC.
Larry Dorman, a spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 4, one of the largest state employee unions, said Tuesday in a phone interview that they are actively engaged in discussions with the administration and are trying to find solutions. However, those solutions can’t include balancing the state budget on the backs of hardworking, middle class state employees who are also taxpayers, Dorman said.
But the clock is ticking.
“We’re not there and a lot of time has passed,” Malloy said.
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