Believe what you will about public employees, but it has got to be difficult to work for Connecticut government right now because of the climate of uncertainty.
On the one hand, unions voted down a $1.6 billion concessions package needed to balance the budget, resulting in Governor Dannel Malloy initiating layoffs.
On the other hand, those jobs, which could number in the thousands, may be saved if union leaders and Malloy find some way to salvage the deal.
Imagine being one of the unlucky ones targeted in the first round of layoff notices, seeking a daily dose of hope in the form of constant media reports about the status of ongoing talks between labor and the governor.
But even if the deal is revived you’re still in limbo because there has to be another vote to ratify.
I spoke Friday evening to one state manager – who declined to be identified – who said the entire situation has cast a pall over government.
“I can tell you a lot of work has come to a screeching halt because of this,” they said. “It’s just waiting … Just the idea of your manager appearing at your door is just terrifying for a lot of people.”
The administration wants the layoff notices to be personally delivered, and this individual has already had to layoff a couple of employees.
“It couldn’t be a sh—-er feeling to deliver the news, but pales in comparison (to losing your job),” the manager said.