University of Connecticut union members have voted not to resubmit their contract.
The contract has come under fire for having millions in raises at a time when the state is facing a huge deficit.
The vote on Thursday means union members will go back to the bargaining table and renegotiate a new agreement.
Nearly 80 percent of union members have voted to go back to the bargaining table.
The president of UConn’s professional employees union said “we will continue to work and ensure that our voice is heard in Hartford to support the collective bargaining process which was so egregiously disrespected by the governor and the general assembly.”
Last Friday, the union withdrew its contract saying there was a clerical issue, but there’s no question it was controversial and some lawmakers were threatening to vote it down.
The union has defended its contract, saying it was agreed upon months ago, and their members have gone without raises in prior contracts.
After the vote, UConn’s president said "We would not have negotiated a contract that necessitated significant layoffs or required tuition increases to pay for it and we would not have signed a contract that our budget could not support, nor would the Board of Trustees have approved it."
"Our fiscal balance, or deficit I should say, is getting worse and worse by the day and this is not the appropriate time for raises for anyone and any bargaining unit,” said State Senator Rob Kane, who represents Watertown. “This will set the tone for negotiations that are going to take place with the governor and 15 or 20 more bargaining units over the next few months."
There are about 30 different unions that will be negotiating in the coming months.
As for UConn employees, they will work under the terms of their current contract. They are expected to renegotiate a new agreement this fall.
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