Judge rejects injunction to prevent state trooper layoffs

BRIDGEPORT - A total of 56 state troopers will soon be without jobs after a judge in Hartford rejected the police union's latest effort to prevent layoffs.

The trooper's union had filed a temporary injunction to stop the layoffs from happening. Union President Andrew Matthews says they plan to continue fighting despite today's ruling.

During a news conference in Hartford, Connecticut's Public Safety Commissioner Reuben Bradford said the layoffs have been tough on the troopers, their families and him as well.

As News 12 Connecticut has reported, the state police union voted against a two-year wage freeze as part of the labor and concessions deal for state workers.

Along with the troopers, 40 administrative workers will be laid off by Sept. 8. Bradford says he hopes something will be worked out so that all of the jobs will be re-instated sometime within the next year.

Another hearing to challenge the layoffs has been scheduled for Sept. 15.

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