CT State Employee Unions Trying To Avert Thousands Of Layoffs

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880) — In Connecticut, state employee unions are meeting on a critical issue to decide whether the layoffs of thousands of state workers now underway can be averted.

WCBS 880’s Fran Schneidau reports: Union Leaders Trying To Revize Complicated Bylaws

At issue is whether union bylaws can be changed and whether a new vote from state unions can head off massive layoffs in Connecticut at the direction of Governor Dan Malloy.

When Malloy and union leaders initially proposed a concession package, 57 percent of members statewide voted for it. But because of complicated bylaws, the number of individual unions voting in favor fell short.

Now, the question is whether the bylaws can be changed and if they are changed, whether unions can vote again on the concessions before 6,500 workers are laid off.

What do you think? Sound off below in our comments section…

  • MCP67

    I do not understand why the governor would even want to contemplate or even care if the union wants a “re-write” of by-laws. The deal was put forth, the members chose, let the bloodletting begin. I’m of the persuasion that you should keep thinning out the herd until the “unit of government” is totally non functional. When people really complain that the services are not functional. I really don’t think most people would care if there were less state troopers passing out speeding tickets (they basically work for the insurance companies), the state is in a perpetual status of construction (really needed??), less bureaucrats pushing paperwork, let technology and the internet actually make the system more efficient. I think the state compensation system should mirror what the private sector offers, so there is no “golden” egg to be had by getting on the state payroll. At the end of the day, if any state employee feels they are under compensated, the free market will prove their claim.

  • jon

    what ever happen to if you don,t like your job than quit

  • cornamuse

    State employees have been smug…sitting back and collecting fat paychecks for minimal work….most of them would NEVER make the money they are making or have any jobs in the private sector…the unemployable work for the state….real work they will never do….they are all freaks hiding within the state bureaucracy…

  • todd

    these people think they are so powerful and they will show the state a thing or two, sure did, now they are out of a job, brilliant

  • sam hellmam

    Try and work out a sensible compromise there are already 14 million out of work.Politicians should also cut their wages and benefits also.

  • frank

    local 391 is a joke. our union is a joke

  • jon

    talking done lay them off

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