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Connecticut AG Investigates Need For M&T Bank Layoffs

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong
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Connecticut Attorney General William Tong

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong said he wants to know why a bank merger could result in hundreds of layoffs — after bank leaders told state officials otherwise.

M&T Bank told the Connecticut Department of Labor it expects up to 750 layoffs in its merger with Bridgeport-based People’s Bank. Tong said the bank had assured him, state lawmakers and employees that job losses would be minimal.

The banks said actual layoff numbers may be lower, and Bridgeport residents will have a chance to re-apply for jobs in the combined bank after the merger.

“My concern is, there’s no guarantee of that. I’d like to see how they’re going to make sure people from Bridgeport get those jobs, and whether people will be able to retain jobs at the same level or salary that they did before,” Tong said.

Tong says he’s asked the bank for detailed information on its efforts to mitigate job losses and its obligations to corporate responsibility.

Last week Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim said the city would pull more than $30 million out of the bank in response to the layoff announcement.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

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