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CT Unions Refuse Concessions, Get Laid Off

From CNN’s Money.Com:

Connecticut employees get layoff notices

By Tamil Luhby July 12, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The layoffs are starting in Connecticut.

The state has begun sending layoff notices to its public employees two weeks after union members failed to approve Governor Dannel [sic] Malloy’s proposal to save $1.6 billion in concessions and savings.

The governor is also reviewing proposals for deeper budget cuts within state agencies this week. He’ll submit his plan to lawmakers on Friday.

Thankfully there is no mention of Mr. Malloy’s party affiliation. But of course he is a (recently elected) Democrat.

Union members began receiving the notices Monday, said Matt O’Connor, spokesman for the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, which covers all 15 unions representing roughly 45,000 state employees. More were delivered Tuesday.

The state will provide more details on the number of layoff notices being sent out, as well as the departments receiving them, later this week, a spokeswoman for the governor said. Malloy has said he’s looking to shed 6,500 public employees, as well as eliminate 1,000 vacant positions.

The coalition is in talks with the governor to come up with an alternate solution to cut costs. The unions want to avoid the layoffs, as well as changes to their health care and retirement contributions. The union is also hoping to avoid having the state privatize various functions.

Most of all the unions want to raise taxes even higher to continue to pay for their extravagant salaries and benefits and pensions.

In early May, Malloy signed a $40.1 billion budget that raises taxes on sales, income, cigarettes and corporations. The budget should bring in $2.5 billion in additional levies over the next two years.

We hope the voters of Connecticut are happy with their recent choice.

But it also depended on big concessions and savings from public employees, including wage freezes and higher contributions for retiree health care, to close a $3.3 billion budget gap. Malloy said at the time that thousands could be laid off if they did not approve the deal.

Though union leaders supported the governor’s plan, not enough of the rank and file did.

So the legislature granted Malloy the power to make additional budget cuts. Agency heads submitted their proposals for deeper reductions, which could involve a mix of cutbacks and layoffs, last week.

In other words, the unions had a chance to save their jobs back in May. But they refused to make any concession. So they are now being laid off.

They made their feather beds, they can now lie in them. Or, rather, finally get up out of of them.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “CT Unions Refuse Concessions, Get Laid Off”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Public employee unions are an abomination

  2. usmcmgb says:

    Weird how this article misses mentioning an important fact. While Layoff Notices may have gone out, ACTUAL layoffs are not scheduled until September. The unions have until then to twist enough Democrat arms to cancel them. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, not one single state union employee will lose his job in Conn. I know Malloy’s type. He was elected with huge state employee union support and he’s the type that generally stays bought.

  3. proreason says:

    whoa, whoa, whoa

    Don’t press the panic button.

    Have any union officials been laid off?

    I don’t think so. What this means of course, in addition to those union officials continuing to live their sumptuous lifestyles for doing virtually nothing, is that the unions are poised to rise again…when the Obamy economy comes roaring back. And if it doesn’t, those officials will still be perfectly ok.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Whether any Union members get laid off is of question but I really doubt they will. One thing is for sure. Corporations which have any decency and want to “survive” will start the process of packing their bags and moving to a state like Texas where there is no income tax.

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