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Malloy’s Budget Draws Union Ire

February 13, 2017 By Staff
Malloy’s Budget Draws Union Ire

As Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) seeks ups to $700 million in labor concessions, union leaders are groaning and griping about the budget he proposed last week.

Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.) is drawing anger from Connecticut’s union leaders this week after his budget proposal called for $700 million in labor concessions – or, if labor can’t reach an agreement with Malloy, layoffs of 10 percent of the state’s workforce.

More from the Hartford Courant:

“When you have a governor – depending on which day – who says he’s progressive and wants to lead the Democratic Governors Association, then he goes after his base of workers on a weekly basis, that is not helpful,” said Lori Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO.

…Larry Dorman, spokesman for Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest state employee union, said state workers want to be part of the solution. “But one thing that’s missing is tax fairness,” he said. “That’s where the conversation needs to start.”

Dorman’s argument is one unions have been making since last year, as noted by Reclaim Connecticut in January.

Still, the labor concessions remain a major “unknown” heading into budget season, according to the Yankee Institute. Whether Malloy can extract $700 million out of labor unions is a big question mark for now.