April 6, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, Conn – Chanting “Respect Those Who Protect,” more than 500 public-safety workers rallied outside the state capitol March 29 to protest Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s calls for layoffs and cuts in health and pension benefits.
The governor, a Democrat, said there will be a “substantial number of layoffs in the not too distant future,” and he and Republican legislative leaders have urged state workers’ unions to reopen their contracts. The unions, who made $1.6 billion in concessions in 2011 to help the state reduce its budget deficit, adamantly do not want to reopen their contracts, which expire in 2022. Charles DellaRocco, a state Supreme Court police officer and president of AFSCME Local 749, accused the governor and legislative leaders of trying to balance the budget on workers’ backs, and said they want workers to “accept a special tax increase on middle-class state employees in the form of contract concessions.” Read more