Massive Connecticut budget layoffs

May 10, 2011 2:24:14 PM PDT
Layoff notices began going out to 4,000 Connecticut state workers, but there is still a chance some of those jobs could be saved.

The governor and union officials have until next week to come to some sort of a deal on concessions.

They were busy cutting back the weeds along i-95 in Greenwich today, but workers were thinking about the other kinds of cut backs--layoffs.

Tyronne McInney has been on the job for four years. His partner only 7 months. Neither knows for sure if their names are on the list.

"I don't think it's right to just come after us, but I guess he has a job to do" said McInney.

The "he" is Governor Dan Malloy who is seeking nearly $1B in concessions from state employee unions. Both sides negotiated through the weekend but couldn't reach a deal. Tuesday, Malloy announced 4,742 pink slips will go out today.

The biggest cuts, 1,400 jobs would be at the state's vocational high school system. But in all, workers at 40 different agencies would be affected.

At Uconn's Stamford campus, Tyronne Whittaker works in the mail room. He says unions have already made significant givebacks such as unpaid furloughs.

The cuts represent about 10 percent of the state's workforce.

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