Malloy: State union workers approve concession deal

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– News 8 has learned that the 15 state labor union rank and file members have overwhelmingly approved the concession deal.

After two weeks of voting, Governor Malloy confirms that state union workers have approved a labor concessions agreement. The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) agreement could save the state of Connecticut more than one and a half billion dollars stretched out over the next two years. Over the next 20 years, the agreement would save the state $24 billion.

Governor Malloy released the following statement regarding the deal:

When we asked labor to come to the table and be part of the solution, our state workers answered the call. This agreement contains significant short-term savings that will be the foundation of a responsible, balanced budget. More importantly, the agreement delivers over 20 billion dollars in savings to taxpayers over the long term and ensures that the promises we make to our employees today are promises that we can afford to keep. They agreed to historic concessions that will put the state on a sustainable path.

State unions held up their end of the bargain – negotiating in good faith, leading their members through some tough changes, and ultimately rallying their members. Now, it’s up to the legislature to do their part and approve this agreement. We will continue to be available to meet with any legislator who may have questions about the value and significance of this agreement.

Again, I offer my thanks to state employees for their affirmative adoption of these new agreements, and I commend the SEBAC leadership for the countless hours working in partnership with the Office of Labor Relations. Discussions were not always easy, but both sides worked through it and Connecticut will be better off for their effort.”

Lt. Governor Wyman also stated:

I want to thank our state employees and union leaders for their trust and their partnership. Connecticut has very difficult budget decisions to make, but their willingness to make concessions for the greater good of the state and its people puts us in a better position than we were, and reaffirms our mutual respect. State workers are the engine of state government, and we appreciate their commitment to Connecticut.”

 

State Senator Cathy Osten (D-Sprague), Senate Co-Chair of the Appropriations Committee, also released a statement on the approval of labor concessions by Connecticut state employees:

I’m grateful to the tens of thousands of men and women working for the State of Connecticut for making a personal sacrifice that will help balance a state budget deficit that they had no role in creating.

As they have in the past, Connecticut’s state employees have stepped up to plate and voted to create hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the State of Connecticut – savings that will be used to fund municipal aid, education, social services, transportation and other state programs. These programs would have seen further, devastating cuts without these savings.

Now it is the legislature’s turn to accept these concessions in the same good faith that they were negotiated, and to pass a bipartisan budget that the people of Connecticut want and expect from their elected representatives.

Again, I thank our state employees for stepping up and providing the cost-saving concessions that they always have.”

The concessions deal is considered crucial in balancing the state’s budget, which is roughly five billion dollars in the hole.

The results are expected to be officially released by union leaders at 11 a.m. Tuesday morning during a news conference.

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