The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition is giving itself until June 17 to finish ratification votes on the tentative concession-and labor-savings deal reached Friday with the Malloy Administration.

The 15 unions and 34 bargaining units in the coalition are giving their 45,000 members time to absorb the details of the deal, which has been described by Republican leaders as a giveaway to the unions and by some disgruntled members as a betrayal by labor leaders.

Sal Luciano, the executive director of Council 4 of AFSCME, said the deal provides job security and decent wages and benefits in a political environment hostile to public-sector workers

AFSCME was at the state Capitol in force Wednesday for its annual lobbying day. The timing was a coincidence, the date set back in January.

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Mark PazniokasCapitol Bureau Chief

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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