If state liquor control agents get laid off this month, it will be the fault of the union rank-and-file, argued Melanie Luke — and the state will have fewer people to confiscate bottles of uncontrolled substances like “Pump It Up wid Big Man” tonic wine.

Luke (at right in top photo), a supervising liquor agent with the state Department of Consumer Protection, made those remarks Monday afternoon at a union press event at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station at 123 Huntington St.

The event took place as state workers prepare to take a second vote on a concessions package that would serve to avert thousands of layoffs. About 2,000 state workers, including two liquor control agents and eight employees of the Ag Station, got pink slips after the coalition of state workers failed to ratify a first contract in June; Gov. Malloy has said he plans to eliminate over 4,500 jobs if the contract isn’t approved.

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