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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s state employee unions announced Thursday that rank-and-file members ratified a labor savings and concessions agreement, giving Gov. Dannel P. Malloy the go-ahead to rescind thousands of layoff notices and forgo additional state budget cuts.

Members of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition said 14 of 15 unions voted to approve the deal, which calls for changes to the workers’ health and retirement benefits as well as wage-related concessions. The coalition sent a letter to Malloy asking him to immediately rescind the layoff notices.

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