Unions

Lawmakers Divided Over Labor Contract Opinion

Lawmakers Divided Over Labor Contract Opinion

HARTFORD — Republican lawmakers have spent weeks criticizing a union concession deal negotiated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, hoping to achieve labor savings by changing state laws instead of seeking them through collective bargaining. While Democrats have called the Republican plan “illegal,” the GOP members claimed a win Thursday following an opinion issued by the state’s attorney general.

Not so fast, Democrats responded.

As the two sides remain deadlocked on a budget deal as the state faces a $5 billion deficit over the next two years, even a legal opinion meant to clarify a deal that would help close that gap led to disagreement.

Malloy’s deal with state employee...

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