The state budget approved by the Appropriations Committee this week would force Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration to lay off 1,300 to 1,400 workers more than he was planning to serve with pink slips this month, the governor said Friday.
Union leaders have been consistent, if somewhat restrained, in their opposition to granting another round of employee concessions to mitigate looming state budget deficits. But that restraint ended last week when the unions’ chief negotiator sent a stinging rebuke to the Republican legislative leaders who issued the first call for concessions 12 months ago.
The major round of state employee layoffs that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has been hinting at since February is about two weeks away, the governor said Wednesday.
Hundreds of unionized state employees rallied Tuesday morning on the north steps of the Capitol, demanding that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators abandon plans for layoffs and calls for wage and benefit concessions.
Though all indications are that many state employees will receive pink slips soon, several factors make it difficult for Connecticut to downsize its workforce. And those same factors and others make it all-but-impossible to close the major budget deficits projected for the next few years with layoffs alone.
The legislature is poised to vote Tuesday on spending cuts to close a current year deficit, but Gov. Dannel P. Malloy bluntly warned state employees Wednesday that layoffs remain an essential element of his plan to balance next year’s budget.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration sent a letter to seven unions representing close to 70 percent of the workforce this week warning they could be affected by new agency organizational plans that “may include reductions in force.”
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signaled an intention Tuesday to lay off state employees in the current fiscal year, saying the workforce must shrink substantially, and that the process must begin before the fiscal year ends on June 30. Malloy spoke to reporters after a meeting with legislative leaders, where he pressed them to offer their own cost-cutting ideas.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration confirmed Friday the downward trend in state revenues — though not the precise numbers — that nonpartisan analysts reported earlier this week. While the governor never used the word “layoff,” he told reporters Friday that state government’s workforce must shrink considerably soon, and that the next state budget still must be balanced without tax hikes.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration announced Monday a revised plan to keep open six Department of Labor job centers – albeit with reduced services and smaller, privatized staffs.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration reported Thursday that it has placed 22 of the 95 state Department of Labor employees served layoffs notices earlier this summer in other, vacant state jobs. The governor’s budget office also said that another three workers have accepted layoffs. That leaves 70 workers whose final status has yet to be determined.
While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently dismissed speculation that the closures would weaken his comprehensive Second Chance Society program, others – including a top lawmaker on both budget and juvenile justice issues – aren’t so sure the administration isn’t working against itself.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration announced early Wednesday it has given layoff notices to 95 Department of Labor employees whose positions no longer are supported by federal funding.
WASHINGTON — Some may lose jobs and a few Connecticut companies may lose contracts, but Lockheed Martin’s purchase of Sikorsky Aircraft is likely to anchor the helicopter maker in Stratford and increase it’s share of Pentagon contracts and the overseas market, analyst say.
Bristol Hospital has eliminated 43 positions in recent weeks, reducing its workforce by 5 percent in response to major cuts to Medicaid and Medicare payments, CEO Kurt Barwis wrote in a memo to staff, volunteers and community members Friday.