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Union leaders are stepping up efforts to put pressure on the administration of Gov. Dannel Malloy to rescind 95 layoffs of state Department of Labor employees scheduled to take place at the end of the month.

A small group of workers, who are members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 269, rallied outside of the Department of Labor’s jobs center on Marne Street to urge the public to contact state lawmakers to express their concern over the layoffs. Union leaders say the layoffs will lead to longer backlogs in serving the unemployed that in some cases could prevent people from collecting their benefits in a timely manner.

“Laying off people from the jobs center and consolidating is a mistake by the administration,” said Xavier Gordon, president of Local 269. “We shouldn’t be laying anybody off at this point in time because we are just at that point of recovery, just at that point of trying to stabilize the economy.”

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