CT Labor Leaders Consider Next Step

Leaders of Connecticut state employee unions say they’ll be discussing what to do next after a labor savings deal that would have prevented 7,500 layoffs was rejected by rank-and-file workers.

Union officials say they’ll be meeting on Monday to discuss how to proceed, after the final two unions voted no. The two-year, $1.6 billion deal between union leaders and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration was to help balance the state budget.

Of the 15 unions, 11 voted yes and four voted no. But 14 out of 15 were needed to approve the wage, retirement and health benefits concessions.

Malloy says he must now proceed with the layoffs and call the legislature in for a special session on Thursday.

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