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SOUTHBURY, Conn. (AP) — Given a second chance to ratify a labor deal that could stop thousands of state employee layoffs, union leaders in Connecticut are turning to rank-and-file members to help persuade their colleagues to vote “yes” this time.

Besides the traditional informational sessions with shop stewards about the proposed labor savings and concessions proposals, this time around the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition is tapping everyday members to participate in various public events, such as a rally planned for Wednesday at a state vocational-technical high school in Bridgeport that’s slated for deep cuts if the labor deal isn’t ratified.

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