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Connecticut State Workers Getting Details Of Labor Agreement That Saves Their Jobs

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Connecticut State Capitol - Hartford, CT - File / Photo: Connecticut General Assembly and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc.

Connecticut State Capitol – Hartford, CT – File / Photo: Connecticut General Assembly and the League of Women Voters of Connecticut Education Fund, Inc.

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HARTFORD, CT (AP / CBSNewYork) - Connecticut state employees are getting a first official glimpse at details of a tentative labor savings agreement reached last week between union leadership and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau: State Workers Will Forgo Wage Hikes For Two Years

A summary of the deal was posted Tuesday on the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition’s website.

The plan requires all state workers to begin making contributions to a trust fund to help cover retiree health benefits. It also ends longevity payments, a bonus paid to veteran employees, to most new hires.

The tentative agreement also calls for a new approach to health care, requiring workers to sign a form annually, promising to get yearly physicals and other age-appropriate tests.

The deal also promises no layoffs for four years.

Eighty percent of voting members must approve the retirement and health care changes.

“We think in the end they will see that this is a good and sensible agreement that’s going to help public services, help close the deficit, and help the Connecticut economy,” union spokesman Larry Dorman told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

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