At this moment, real police reform is within reach. But last week, the House of Representatives passed a bill that continues to protect powerful labor union interests. As the Senate prepares for special session tomorrow, Yankee Institute calls for more meaningful reform. The people of Connecticut deserve legislation that will increase public safety and transparency and hold bad actors accountable—in all areas of our state and local government.
It’s time to do what’s right. Let’s end the practice of allowing government union contracts to override state law; reform the grievance arbitration process; increase transparency for public employee disciplinary hearings and actions; and eliminate paid administrative leave for all employees in positions requiring a high level of public trust – including teachers, firefighters, corrections officers, judicial employees, and social workers — when they are arrested. Lawmakers must protect the public from all abusive public servants and terminate the backroom union deals that place bad actors in government above the law.
Government unions’ stranglehold on Connecticut’s state government has continued far too long, and elected officials continue to choose powerful special interests over taxpayers. It is time to put the welfare of the people before that of powerful special interests. It is time to pass real reform that will truly keep the public safe.
Statement attributable to Carol Platt Liebau, President of Yankee Institute
Click here to read our testimony on the original draft bill.