Pink Slips Go Out to Thousands of Connecticut State Workers
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Pink slips went out to more than 2,500 Connecticut state workers Thursday as negotiators pursued uncertain talks on concessions the governor insists are necessary to avert layoffs.
Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. said he is prepared to lay off as many as 8,000 of 43,000 state employees starting Oct. 3 workers unless the unions agree to nearly $346 million in concessions.
″I don’t like to see one person laid off,″ Weicker said. ″But don’t forget, unlike before, we’re not in an area of speculation here. The budget is a matter of law, and the law calls for $346 million worth of labor concessions.″
Robert Krzys, head of the Connecticut State Employees Association, said the state wants workers to give back about $540 million over the next three years, as well as $47 million in raises that went into effect in July.
″It’s totally unacceptable. It’s a blank check,″ he said. ″If these two positions don’t change, I doubt there will be an agreement.″
Negotiations were scheduled to resume Monday.