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.

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