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.
The administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy abruptly notified Linda J. Yelmini, the state’s longtime director of labor relations, that she is being laid off, leaving surprised union leaders to wonder what the move signals in Malloy’s approach to labor.
I believe Malloy should be forced to issue a report indicating the original plan to save $1 billion and the final results by item.
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.