Unions push to stop Malloy’s plan to privatize state services

FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks after receiving the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
FILE - In this May 1, 2016, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks after receiving the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Two unions will come together on Thursday push against Governor Dannel Malloy’s plan to privatize state services.

Unions SEA and SEIU 1199 will get together with guardians and employers of people with intellectual disabilities file an application against Malloy’s plan to privatize 40 group homes and other services.

Caregivers, parents and employers have been speaking out against the plan for months. They are afraid it will lessen the care quality for their loved ones.

Governor Malloy says the plan would save $70 million and help fill the hole of the state budget. The plan would also terminate 600 jobs.

The Department of Developmental Services has an obligation by state law to bargain with these unions to decide whether or not to subcontract out the work.

A news conference will be held by the two unions outside of the Connecticut Superior Court in Hartford at 11:30 Thursday morning.