House Votes 78-72 for Union Deal; Senate’s NextJuly 25, 2017
The Connecticut House voted to approve Dan Malloy's deal with state employee unions on Monday night; the Senate will vote on July 31.
The Connecticut House of Representatives green-lit a resolution on Monday night approving of the union concessions deal struck between Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC).
The final vote, for emergency certification of the resolution, was ordered at 8:49 p.m. The House voted in favor of the deal 78-72, with all Republicans voting against the deal according to the Merdien Record-Journal.
The gist of the deal, as previously covered by Reclaim Connecticut, is as follows:
- Malloy gets $700 million in wage and benefit concessions from state employee unions over the next two fiscal years, and further savings down the road
- State employee unions get a five-year extension on their generous benefits package, from 2023 through 2027
Republicans opposed the deal because they insist the concessions are not enough for a state facing a $5 billion deficit over the next two years.
The Senate will vote on the deal on July 31, according to the Hartford Courant. With 18 senators from each party in the Connecticut Senate, and a unified Republican opposition, one Democratic senator can torch the deal.
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