Unionized state employees say they’re optimistic that the second time will be the charm and their co-workers will ratify a labor savings and concessions agreement that will stop thousands of layoffs.

Voting on the recently clarified deal reached with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is scheduled to wrap up Wednesday. The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, which represents 15 unions, plans to announce the results on Thursday.

Union members met at a union hall in Hartford on Tuesday to pick up last-minute information packets and stickers to distribute to rank-and-file workers, encouraging them to support the deal this time. Not enough members supported the agreement back in June.

Some members said the unions have done a better job explaining the agreement, which calls for a two-year wage freeze and other changes.


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