Gov. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Wyman Statements on Vote by the Members of the State Employees’ Unions to Ratify Agreement

This article was published on: 07/18/17 9:09 PM by Mike Minarsky

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman today released the following statements regarding the vote by members of the state employees’ unions to ratify the agreement reached with the state:

Governor Malloy said, “When we asked labor to come to the table and be part of the solution, our state workers answered the call. This agreement contains significant short-term savings that will be the foundation of a responsible, balanced budget. More importantly, the agreement delivers over 20 billion dollars in savings to taxpayers over the long term and ensures that the promises we make to our employees today are promises that we can afford to keep. They agreed to historic concessions that will put the state on a sustainable path.

“State unions held up their end of the bargain – negotiating in good faith, leading their members through some tough changes, and ultimately rallying their members. Now, it’s up to the legislature to do their part and approve this agreement. We will continue to be available to meet with any legislator who may have questions about the value and significance of this agreement.

“Again, I offer my thanks to state employees for their affirmative adoption of these new agreements, and I commend the SEBAC leadership for the countless hours working in partnership with the Office of Labor Relations. Discussions were not always easy, but both sides worked through it and Connecticut will be better off for their effort.”

Lt. Governor Wyman said, “I want to thank our state employees and union leaders for their trust and their partnership. Connecticut has very difficult budget decisions to make, but their willingness to make concessions for the greater good of the state and its people puts us in a better position than we were, and reaffirms our mutual respect. State workers are the engine of state government, and we appreciate their commitment to Connecticut.”

Source: State of Connecticut

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