HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Frustrated union leaders were working Thursday to persuade Connecticut lawmakers to hold off on deep state budget cuts, which could include thousands of layoffs and lead to changes in future labor contracts.

The unions, meanwhile, were scrambling to put back together a $1.6 billion cost-saving labor deal that fell apart last week, but few labor representatives could say how they might resurrect a moribund deal that would require overwhelming support from a complicated web of union voting blocks.

"The hope is that we are going to be able to work something out with the legislature," said James LoMonaco, president of a university union local. "I had a chance to talk to the governor for like a second this morning and just say 'You know look, we are still working on this, please don't give up on us,'" he said.

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