If unionized state employees don't ratify a labor concession deal in the coming weeks, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned Thursday that there will be massive layoffs, substantially more than the 4,700 he threatened last month, The Associated Press reports.
The agreement reached between Malloy and the union leaders is expected to save the state $1.6 billion, money needed to balance the two-year, $40.1 billion budget. If the deal isn't ratified, Malloy says job cuts will have to be made.
"The initial number of 4,700. They would increase dramatically above that," he told reporters during a state Capitol briefing. "I think they would reach very deeply, well past people employed 10 years or more."
Malloy, the state's first Democratic governor in two decades, said he "will not feel responsible" if those job cuts are made.
The approximate 45,000 unionized state employees are reviewing the tentative agreement. Some have posted comments on union websites, criticizing the deal and urging colleagues to vote no.