A bill passed by the Judicial Committee on Monday would restrict employers from holding meetings with their employees regarding unionization efforts, potentially setting Connecticut up for a federal labor relations fight.
Connecticut’s Whiting Forensic Hospital was forced to rehire employees terminated in 2009 and 2010 for the abuse of state psychiatric patients after grievance arbitrators overturned management decisions, according to documents obtained through a freedom of information request.
Leaders of Connecticut’s public sector unions took a decidedly harsh tone in their critique of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth’s findings and recommendations, calling the panel of business executives “arrogant college freshmen who come home after a semester and think they have all the answers to the world's problems.”
Gone are the days when the union protected coal miners with dirty hands and black lungs, fighting for reasonable work hours and wages against a conglomerate of greedy, corporate fat-cats. Sure, part of that image is myth, but there was a time when unions were necessary. Now is not that time.
Connecticut has 50,082 full time employees and 94 percent of those employees are part of a union and covered under a collective bargaining agreement, according to figures provided by the Office of the State Comptroller.
At a press conference on the steps of the Connecticut Supreme Court building, firefighter and president of the New Haven Firefighters Local 825, Frank Ricci, announced the New Haven firefighters have filed suit against the state-wide firefighters union. Ricci called leadership of the Uniformed Professional Firefighters Association “scammers” who have taken the dues money of New Haven firefighters and “misappropriated” it for their own use.