HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget director says most of the layoff notices already issued to Connecticut state employees will be suspended until Sept. 1, giving the legislature time to sign off on a newly ratified labor savings deal.

If the General Assembly decides to allow the agreement to automatically become law as expected, budget director Benjamin Barnes said the notices will expire.

About 3,100 notices have been sent out and a couple hundred workers have already lost their jobs.

Barnes said Friday that only those unionized workers whose units approved the deal will automatically keep their jobs. One unit voted against the health care, retirement and wage changes. The state police union is finishing its voting on Friday, but their votes cannot change the approval of the agreement.

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


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