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Connecticut unions taking steps to get workers rehired

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HARTFORD — Connecticut union leaders are taking steps to try and help more than 1,000 laid-off state employees get their jobs back.

The union SEIU Healthcare 1199, New England, is launching a television ad campaign Wednesday. The first 30-second spot features a woman with cerebral palsy named Jenny who needs a special computer to communicate. She says the only state employee who knows how to customize the device was laid off May 3. She urges the governor to re-hire the staffer and others.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Schneider says the union is highlighting the ramifications of the job cuts, made to help balance the state’s budget.

Connecticut AFSCME Larry Dorman says his union has short- and long-term plans to restore services and get employees re-hired. Grievances and labor complaints have already been filed.