HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State employee union leaders in Connecticut decided Monday to postpone taking any action on a rejected labor savings and concession deal, saying they're reviewing ways to halt thousands of looming layoffs.

Officials from the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition said they're facing an unprecedented situation in which the majority of 45,000 unionized workers voted in favor the deal — 57 percent of those who voted — yet the agreement still failed.

Under SEBAC's rules, 14 out of 15 member unions must vote yes for any changes to the workers' negotiated health care and retirement benefits. In this case, 11 voted yes and four voted no.

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