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Was Gov. Carcieri right to stop negotiating with union leaders on his plan to avoid layoffs?

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When leaders of the state’s largest public employees union initially balked at letting rank-and-file members vote on a tentative deal with Gov. Donald L. Carcieri to avert layoffs, the governor refused to continue negotiating.

Two days later the leaders of Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees reversed course under the threat of layoffs and agreed to join other unions in letting its members vote. They opted to ratify the agreement.

How do you think the governor handled the situation?

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