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State workers could be asked to make concessions

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State workers may have to make concessions. (WFSB) State workers may have to make concessions. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

State workers have been asked to make concessions before, and they may be asked to do it again.

The big question now is what will be on the table, and how much will really be saved.

Contract negotiations with unions are already underway, but Gov. Dannel Malloy hasn’t said what givebacks are being considered.

Up until now, republicans have mainly been the ones calling for immediate concessions, but now some democrats have been quoted as saying furlough days are a possibility.

"Now quite frankly if everyone has to do something more -- everyone will do something more,” Malloy said.

"This is what republicans on our side of the aisle have been talking about, let’s bring all the ideas to the table - let’s get back into session - let’s get back to work,” said Republican State Senator Rob Kane.

Republicans said we should look at concessions rather than deep cuts to social services.

Families who have loved ones with intellectual disabilities went to the capitol to ask the legislature not to balance the budget on their backs.

During the last contract, unions agreed to a two-year wage freeze, a worker wellness program, and new restrictions on healthcare and retirement benefits.

A spokesman from AFSCME, the state’s largest union, said “The current biennial budget already includes over $2 billion in ongoing savings from concessions made by state workers"

Malloy said he thinks the state needs to be prudent.

“I am certainly happy to have conversations with anybody, serious conversations with anyone who is serious about having conversations,” Malloy said.

Because of the continuing shortfall with the budget, republicans have called for a special session to work on ideas.

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