HARTFORD, Conn. — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he’s not using the threat of layoffs as “leverage” to get the state employee unions to agree to $1.56 billion in concessions over the next two years, but under the law he has to start giving employees notices.
“These are legal requirements in contracts with respect to giving notice,” Malloy said Thursday during a Capitol press conference.
The Malloy administration said it will reduce the state workforce by over 1,100 employees in May “as a first step toward resolving the budget shortfall.” In addition to those filled positions, the administration said it will allow another 120 vacant positions that were scheduled to be filled remain vacant.
The impacted employees will include non-union employees as well as members of various bargaining units, according to Malloy’s press release.
The layoffs are expected to save about $80 million.
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