- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut state employee unions stepped up public relations efforts on Wednesday to stop the continued issuance of layoff notices as 34 more workers received pink slips.

The American Federation of Teachers, AFT Connecticut and Council 4 AFSCME, two unions that represent more than 22,000 state employees, began running ads on radio and online in hopes of persuading Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his administration “to stop firing people” and instead impose higher taxes on the wealthiest taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the union SEIU District 1199 launched the third in a series of television ads, hoping to draw attention to the services that will be lost once the state workers leave their jobs.

“We encourage the governor to rescind the layoff notices to state workers and realize the devastating impacts these layoffs have on our state, from veterans to those in need of mental health services,” said Jennifer Schneider, a spokeswoman for the union.

The Democratic governor’s budget office said the unionized and non-unionized workers who lost their jobs Wednesday worked at the Department of Social Services. The cuts were prompted by the elimination of the Office of Planning, Performance and Accountability and the reorganization of four units and divisions.



That brings the total number of layoff notices issued since Monday to 270. Additional layoffs are expected to be announced over the coming days.

The nearly $20 billion new fiscal year state budget that begins July 1 is projected to be $922 million in deficit.

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