July 10, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, C0 – Connecticut’s public-sector workers are scheduled to begin voting next week on whether to give $1.5 billion in concessions to help balance the state budget over the next two years.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz (D-Berlin) said July 6 that he expects the voting—by 15 separate unions and 34 bargaining units—to be finished by July 17 so legislators can pass a budget for the next two years the next day. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Democratic leaders have already included the concessions in their proposed budget, along with an increase in the state sales tax. Republican legislators are seeking bigger concessions from the unions, and also object that the deal Malloy negotiated would also extend the unions’ health and benefits package for five more years, to 2027. State employees will have to vote on two separate proposals, one on their wages and hours, and the other on their package of benefits for health care and pensions. “Our goal is to secure ratification of both,” AFSCME Council 4 spokesperson Larry Dorman told the Hartford Courant. Read more