State employee unions sent a letter to all 187 General Assembly members Thursday, warning them to avoid pension changes that would lead to a court battle.
With the state budget standoff nearing two months, Democrats and Republican legislative leaders announced plans Tuesday to unveil revised budget proposals soon.
Though moderate Democratic legislators unenthusiastically helped ratify union concessions, the fiscal reforms they want in return may hinge on whether moderates also will tolerate a sales tax increase.
The state’s largest healthcare workers’ union took some jabs Thursday at the top Republicans in the legislature, charging them in a new ad with shielding the rich while unionized workers offer huge concessions.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Senate Republican leader Len Fasano sparred Monday over the administration’s refusal to release tentative wage concessions agreements until after unionized employees have finished voting on them.
The House of Representatives won’t be voting on a new, two-year budget when members return to the Capitol on Tuesday, House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz, D-Berlin, announced Friday.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s latest budget proposal relies on $121 million in savings that cannot be achieved if the union concessions deal is ratified because of a no-layoff clause in that tentative agreement.
Minority Republicans in the House renewed the pitch Tuesday for their own budget, a plan that relies on $2 billion in labor savings mandated by statutory changes — and not bargained collectively.
The nearly 175 assistant attorneys general won’t be casting ballots on the three-year wage freeze and three furlough days per worker that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has requested. The 990-member state police union also is not voting on wage givebacks.
While unionized state employees have begun voting on a major concessions package, nearly 1,000 state police troopers aren’t casting ballots on the biggest cost-saver in that plan — a three-year wage freeze.
While unionized state employees vote this month on proposed concessions, legislative leaders with opposing views on how to cut labor costs both say they’re gaining support for a new state budget based on their respective strategies.
Several moderate Democrats in the General Assembly have told their leadership they agree with Republicans that concessions negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are insufficient, a potential complication in the intertwined efforts to pass a budget and win ratification by state employees.
A tentative concessions framework between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee unions took a step forward Monday with the news that all bargaining units have agreed to submit the proposed concessions to a vote by rank-and-file members. Ballots are expected to be cast in mid- or late July.
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Senate Republicans used the final night of the 2017 session to make a political statement, forcing a debate on their budget plan, which would dramatically reshape Connecticut’s labor laws.
The tentative concessions framework struck by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state employee union leaders would save $4.8 billion over the next five years and $24.1 billion over the next two decades, according to analyses prepared by the administration, Connecticut pension actuaries and its healthcare consultant.