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Unions criticize Malloy administration over layoff tactics

Public safety workers rally at the end of March against layoffs.    (Christine Stuart file photo)
Public safety workers rally at the end of March against layoffs. (Christine Stuart file photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – State employees were walked off the grounds of the Connecticut Juvenile Training School on Monday and on Tuesday about 40 clerical workers at the Department of Social Services were laid off in a conference call, according to union officials.

“This is a terrible and inhumane way to handle layoffs,” Yolanda Rolando, president of AFSCME Local 196 representing clerical workers, said. “It’s also an indictment of the governor’s so-called new economic reality, which seems to be an excuse for punishing middle class state workers instead of asking our wealthiest citizens to sacrifice a little bit to protect public services.”

The Malloy administration announced Tuesday that 71 employees in the Department of Economic and Community Development, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and Department of Social Services were laid off.

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