March 24, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
Hartford, Conn – The unions representing Connecticut state employees have turned down Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s request that they reopen their contract to make concessions on pensions and benefits.
The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition said in a statement that its leadership “understands the gravity of the governor's request to meet,” but “is not authorized to reopen the 2011 agreement.” That contract guarantees benefits through 2022, but the state is seeking concessions to avert layoffs. "SEBAC should come to the table and talk about benefits,” a Malloy spokesperson said Mar. 20. “They need to adjust to Connecticut's new economic reality.” “Governor Malloy’s proposal to balance the budget at our expense, diminish or reduce state services, and lay off thousands of employees,” the unions responded, “will hurt both our economy and our most vulnerable residents, further hastening Connecticut's race to the bottom. It's time to stop using state employees as a punching bag and start pushing for a revenue system that asks our wealthiest and most successful individuals to pay their fair share.” Read more