HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s attorney general says he wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether former Gov. John G. Rowland’s administration violated state employees’ constitutional rights when it laid off 2,800 workers based on their union membership in 2003.
Attorney General George Jepsen said Thursday that he is seeking the high court’s review of a May 31 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan that the workers’ rights were violated. He said the ruling could cost taxpayers a lot of money.
The appellate court said the administration violated workers’ rights by laying them off because they were in unions and didn’t agree to contract concessions. No non-union employees were laid off.
Rowland says the 2nd Circuit ruling would make budget negotiations harder for governors and local officials nationwide.
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