House passes union concession deal

(08/08/03) HARTFORD - News 12 Connecticut is covering the Capitol where a plan to rehire laid off state workers by September is a step closer to reality Friday.

In a vote early Friday morning, the state House passed a union concession plan that the Democrats say would raise $100 million. The bill was approved on a mostly partisan 76 to 49 vote.

The vote followed hours of back-room negotiations and testy floor debate spurred by Republicans who say the agreement would actually cost the state money. The proposal calls for the rehire of all 2,800 laid off state workers and no further layoffs for four years.

The Senate will vote on the same package Friday. Even if it passes, Governor Rowland (R-CT) has indicated that he will veto the bill.

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