No word yet on ratification timeline

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition issued a brief update today saying they do not have an answer on the biggest question arising from the new tentative concession agreement: How will it be ratified?

“As with the ratification process on the previous agreement, individual unions and bargaining units will be determining their own ratification or affirmation process and timeline. Schedules have not been set yet,” the coalition said in a statement Saturday afternoon.

“Members will be notified of the voting process, as well as dates and polling locations, by their union or bargaining unit as soon as they have been determined.”

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Democratic majority in the General Assembly, Senate President Pro Tempore Donald E. Williams Jr. of Brooklyn and House Speaker Christopher G. Donovan of Meriden, issued a joint statement urging ratification, which would save legislators from acceding to Malloy’s budget cuts or making their own difficult choices on how to save $1.6 billion over two years.

“We congratulate both the leadership of SEBAC and Governor Malloy for concluding respectful discussions and reaching an agreement that – if ratified by union members – will protect thousands of jobs and help retain services that families expect and rely upon. The majority of state employees supported the agreement when they voted weeks ago and we urge their colleagues to follow their lead. Ratification is clearly the best option for Connecticut’s fragile economy.”