President of the CT AFL-CIO Sal Luciano sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont requesting the governor extend his executive order requiring school districts to continue paying staff and vendors until June of 2021 in case schools are forced to close again. “We ask you to quickly issue a new ...
A Convenient Glitch?
At the Yankee Institute, we will stand alone when necessary, but this time lawmakers overwhelmingly joined our side.
Last week, the Yankee Institute was the only group to submit written testimony opposing a controversial UConn union contract, and our Policy Director Suzanne Bates was the only person to testify against it in person.
When we testified against this over-the-top contract, we led the fight and together we we won.
The five-year contract called for a 3 percent increase in the first year, with 4.5 percent increases in the remaining four years. This comes at a time when many private sector workers haven’t had a raise in – forever!
Amid Connecticut’s economic woes, with projected budget deficits of $266 million for this fiscal year and nearly $900 million next year, Senate Democratic leaders told the UConn Professional Employees Association, a bargaining unit of nearly 2,000 non-teaching professionals, that their “awful contract” was unsustainable and would be turned down.
And here’s another you-have-to-be-kidding-me fact: The Connecticut legislature has not rejected any union contracts since May 1997.
Friday, in the face of certain defeat, union leaders pulled their contract citing a technical glitch during the filing process. The bargaining unit will now ask its members if they want to renegotiate or re-file with the legislature.
We’re willing to stand alone, but we’re glad that more and more lawmakers are seeing the need for fiscal responsibility.
The UConn contract saga isn’t over yet, but thanks to your support, Yankee’s tenacity and hard work has once again informed, inspired and motivated decision-makers – and derailed a fiscal fiasco.
Emails show teacher unions have little leverage for school reopening demands: “My educators are very upset.”
A coalition of unions representing teachers, paraprofessionals, janitors and bus drivers issued 13 “non-negotiable” standards for school reopening and have pushed for districts to delay in-person teaching for two weeks, but, according to the unions’ own assessment, they have little say in the matter. Union leaders have publicly expressed their ...