The governor and the state employee unions have reached a tentative agreement that the governor’s office says will help “create significant, long-term structural reforms to pension and benefit costs, generating billions in savings for taxpayers for many years to come.”
However, there is a long way to go before the deal becomes official and it hinges on passing a budget.
Malloy said the agreement could save the state more than $24 billion and called it “a promising step.”
“From the moment we began our earliest discussions, SEBAC leaders have proven to be willing partners; engaging with their own tangible offers and accepting the fact that the state’s financial reality will affect their members,” Malloy said in a statement.
The agreement, which saves taxpayers around $750 million per year when it comes to pensions and health benefits, will need to be included in the state budget.
Rank and file state employee union members will vote on the deal within the month and union officials said the members will see a mix of pain and security.
"This is going to be up to the members to decide and you know they have an opportunity to save their own jobs and their coworkers' jobs, but also to be part of the solution to this current problem, so it's up to the members," Lori Pelletier, of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, said.
The deal does extend the salary and wage agreements to 2027.
Republican officials said they do not like the fact that they concession deal ties the hands of possibly the next three governors' administrations.