By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Members of a Department of Correction union local which could decide the fate of a labor savings deal are wrapping up voting on the tentative agreement that’s supposed to balance Connecticut’s two-year, $40.1 billion budget.

Jon Pepe is president of AFSCME Local 391, the Connecticut State Prison Employees. He told The Associated Press on Thursday that he hopes his 1,850 members vote for the deal but believes many will vote no.

The local represents correction officers, food service, maintenance, counselors, auto mechanics and other prison employees. It wraps up its voting at 5 p.m. and Pepe says the tally will be released Friday at 11 a.m.

They are the final AFSCME members to vote. If the majority of AFSCME members vote no, the deal dies because another union has already defeated it.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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