That’s one explanation for state employees’ rejection this week of a $1.6 billion concessions package that guaranteed four years of job security in return for a two year pay freeze and changes in health and pension benefits.
Basically, as some folks tell it, senior workers decided their jobs were safe and figured they’d sacrifice the newbies (i.e. “First in, last out…”) to Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy, who has been threatening layoffs if the unions did not ratify the $1.6 billion deal.
And Matt O’Connor, a spokesman for the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, said it is certainly something his bosses will consider when they convene Monday to figure out what the heck happened.
“That’s going to be part of the analysis,” O’Connor said.
In the meantime, as we wait for the governor to trigger the sobering nuclear option of 7,500 job cuts, let’s all join actor Leonard Nimoy (aka Mr. Spock) and singer Bruno Mars in celebrating the joys of free time. It’s sure to become Connecticut’s new theme song…