- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Senate Democratic leaders are planning for a possible vote on a labor contract with University of Connecticut workers that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has asked legislators to reject.

Senate President Martin Looney said Thursday that a vote could happen on Friday or Monday.

If the Senate rejects the contract for nearly 1,900 non-teachers at UConn, Looney said the House of Representatives would not be required to act. He said the union and UConn would resume negotiations.

Malloy said Wednesday the state cannot afford the five-year deal negotiated last year. An analysis by the administration’s and the legislature’s budget offices determined the agreement would cost almost $94 million. UConn analysists had estimated nearly $56 million.

The University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association disputes the cost estimates.

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