The governor clarified the looming layoff picture on Friday.
Gov. Dannel Malloy didn't sugar coat it and confirmed that there would be state layoffs.
"I've been very clear," he said. "There are going to be layoffs."
Last fall, the Malloy said he said he had a plan to reduce the workforce by 500. By the time of his State of the State address in February, that number grew to 1,000.
To help balance the state's budget, the governor is now looking at laying off anywhere between 1,000 and 2,500 state workers from seven different unions. The goal is to save $6 million this year.
Malloy said the state needed to figure out what the extent was going to be by June 9. The fiscal year ends on June 30.
"In my speech at the beginning of the session I said that we ultimately have to bring some sense of stability to the business community in Connecticut and if you want to retain the jobs, we have and grow the jobs that we can grow. I would hope that they would come to the table, but they have not," Malloy said.
A UConn contract with raises came under fire and the contract was withdrawn. Now, there is the threat off layoffs.
The President of the American Federation of Teachers said “it's time to stop with the false assumption that working people are the only ones who should step up to protect and preserve our quality of life."
The last time there were massive layoffs involving state workers was in 2003. Gov. John Rowland laid off 2,300 state workers, but most got their jobs back and financial compensation. The court found Rowland acted illegally by targeting union members.
“It was clear how the Rowland administration did it,” House Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz said. “It was retaliation, not just cost saving. I think we will be leery of that in the future and do it the right way."
But, Republicans, who favor spending cuts, said they feel the state could avoid layoffs .
“If the union workers were to get together, not the powerless, but the powerful union folks and say we agree to two days off in 2016,” Minority Leader Len Fasano said. “You'd say $6 million. What's wrong with that?”
It’s not clear if the unions would go along with that plan by the Republicans.
The governor is not telling state agencies how many people to lay off. He is letting them decide.
Friday is pretty much the first step in a series of legal requirements before workers actually get pink slips.
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