Conn. state police protest possible job cuts

August 22, 2011 4:44:31 PM PDT
The Connecticut State Police Union is urging Gov. Dannel P. Malloy not to follow through with plans to lay off 56 state troopers, arguing that the cuts would worsen the department's already depleted ranks.

More than 200 troopers turned out for a rally at the state Capitol on Monday. They face layoffs because the troopers did not ratify the entire labor concessions package reached with Malloy, voting down a two-year wage freeze.

Malloy said he has "total confidence" in his public safety officials that they will manage the state police "with the resources they have without jeopardizing public safety."

The troopers say they're unique in state government and want the break away from the other state employee unions when it comes to negotiating pension and health care benefits.

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