Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Malloy readies 1100 layoff notices to CT state employees

Malloy readies 1100 layoff notices to CT state employees

Several months ago Malloy said more than 4,000 layoffs would be needed but did not mention Thursday, whether that number still stands.

Dannel P. Malloy said he's not using the threat of layoffs as "leverage" to get the state employee unions to agree to $1.56 billion in concessions over the next two years, but under the law he has to start giving employees notices.

Malloy said he remains hopeful that his administration and state employee unions can reach a deal to avoid layoffs.

Malloy says informal talks with union officials are "ongoing and constructive" and hopes layoffs ultimately won't be necessary.

Absent concessions, it's the first phase of a plan to save $700 million next fiscal year. This contingency plan would result in more than $80 million in savings.

The American Federation of Teachers of CT, part of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coaltion, criticized the move in an internal memo Thursday, noting the talks remain ongoing and calling the decision "no way to achieve prosperity".

"Further reducing the number of marshals would have a unsafe impact on public safety and on the efficient and safe workflow at the state's 43 courthouses", he said, urging Malloy and the General Assembly to solve the state's budget problems without gutting state services and putting thousands of state employees out of work.

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