State Worker Concessions Agreement Ratified

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut and AP) – Unionized state employees say now that they’ve approved the third labor concession package in a decade, they want lawmakers to make sure Connecticut’s wealthiest citizens pay more in taxes.

Union officials on Tuesday announced that all 15 voting members of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition approved the latest givebacks, which amount to about $1.5 billion over the next two years. Eighty-three percent of rank-and-file members voted in favor of the agreement, which provides four years of job security in return for a two-year hard wage freeze and higher insurance premiums and pension contributions, among other things.

Many union members held signs Tuesday that read, “We did our part.”

The General Assembly still needs to approve the deal, which is considered key to passing a yet-to-be-reached state budget agreement.

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