The Department of Housing paid exorbitant fees to a lender administrating the Shoreline Resiliency Loan Fund, part of Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Shore Up CT program created in 2014 to give homeowners and businesses low interest loans to upgrade their properties to withstand coastal storms in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. ...
State Labor Relations Board schedules mail-in union vote for assistant attorneys general
The State Labor Relations Board scheduled a mail-in vote for October to determine whether assistant attorney’s general will form a union.
The SLRB also determined that class 4 assistant attorneys general are excluded from unionization because they act as department heads and are therefore classified as management.
The DOL confirmed that associate assistant attorneys general, an attorney who specializes in labor relations and a “special counsel” who specializes in legislative affairs will also be excluded. In total, 17 AAGs will not be eligible to join the union if the vote is successful.
The AFT claims that a “strong majority” of AAGs have signed union cards.
AFL-CIO president Lori Pelletier had called on Attorney General George Jepsen to approve the union without a vote but several AAGs fired back with a petition demanding a ballot so that each AAG could exercise the right to oppose unionization. The petition also asserted that all assistant attorneys general constituted “management” and were therefore unable to form a union under state law.
The SLRB met with the American Federation of Teachers on Sept. 13 to count the number of signed union cards and determine whether or not the unionization could move forward.
Ballots will be mailed to the 179 attorneys eligible to join the union on October 4 and the ballots will have to be returned by October 18.
Jepson, who was endorsed by several labor unions during his 2010 campaign, has remained neutral toward the unionization efforts.
State Troopers doubling pay with overtime due to staffing shortage, as state braces for mass retirements
An audit of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection found that 56 percent of state troopers singled out for review earned more than 100 percent of their base salary through overtime. “These employees’ base salaries ranged from $44,129 to $83,137, while overtime ranged from $50,968 to $190,677,” the ...