The multi-million-dollar settlement of damages arising from former Gov. John G. Rowland’s illegal layoffs of unionized state employees will be ratified without a public hearing or, most likely, a debate by either chamber of the General Assembly.
He’s struck a multi-million-dollar deal to settle a protracted civil rights case by state employee unions against former Gov. John G. Rowland. Now, all Attorney General George Jepsen has to do is sell it to a cash-strapped legislature.
Nearly 11 years after John G. Rowland’s resignation, Connecticut is being asked to accept a multi-million-dollar settlement of damages arising from the former Republican governor’s layoffs of more than 2,000 unionized state employees, an act deemed illegal by a federal appeals court.
Attorney General George Jepsen’s decision Monday to withdraw his U.S. Supreme Court appeal and accept an invitation to open settlement negotiations with state employee unions over their claim for damages against former Gov. John G. Rowland won immediate praise from the public-sector unions that have been cool if not critical toward the first-term Democrat.