UConn employees agree to renegotiate contract

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The union representing nearly 1,900 professional employees at the University of Connecticut has voted to withdraw a contract agreement with the school amid concerns it would be rejected by lawmakers who had criticized its cost.

The five-year deal would have provided raises to the non-teaching employees in exchange for them switching from a 35-hour to a 40-hour work week.

An analysis by the Malloy administration’s and the legislature’s budget offices determined the agreement would cost almost $94 million. UConn analysists had estimated the cost at $56 million.

The union in announcing its decision also blasted the administration and General Assembly, saying they “egregiously disrespected” the collective bargaining process.

The union says members will continue to work under the terms of their current contract until there is a new deal.

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