Features, Municipal Government, New York

Connecticut Legislature OKs Three-Year Wage Freeze

August 10, 2017

By Tara Jessup

Gov. Nancy Wyman

August 11, 2017 
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, C0 – With Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman breaking an 18-18 tie, the state Senate on July 31 approved a contract with public employees that includes a three-year wage freeze and concessions on pensions. The deal, which the legislature’s office of fiscal analysis projected will save the state at least $1.2 billion over the next five fiscal years, now goes to Gov. Dannel Malloy, who called it “a key piece toward adopting a budget for our state.” The five-year deal, intended to reduce a budget deficit of about $2.5 billion, requires workers to contribute more toward their pensions and retiree health care. Workers’ pay will be frozen for the next three years, but they’ll get 3.5% raises in the 2020 and 2021 fiscal years. The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition, whose 15 unions represent about 42,000 public workers, ratified the deal on July 17. Republican legislators had objected on the grounds that the concessions did not go far enough and that the state could have used its fiscal crisis to force a broader restructuring of public pensions and benefits. Read more

August 10, 2017

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