The union heads at Council 94 have voted down the latest attempt at a negotiated agreement with the Governor over the deficit reduction plan. They don't seem to feel that this is a decision they should share with their members by allowing a rank and file vote.
That's too bad because it's possible that members would, in the end, sooner go along with the offered plan than face layoffs in their ranks. Other state employee unions have agreed to the negotiated offer for that very reason: they want to keep their jobs in this economy. You have to wonder if Council 94's leaders are reading this right, and whether they'll end up regretting this decision. They want to continue to negotiate; the Governor says he's done with negotiating. Now we'll see how far the Governor gets with the layoffs before he's challenged in court.