Right now the General Assembly is considering taking away your ability to ever get a contract that has a raise in it. This change would affect every single union member working for a city, town, or board of education in Connecticut. And don’t think for a second that they wouldn’t look to expand this concept to include state employees if they are successful on the municipal level. We need to contact the legislature RIGHT NOW!!
The legislature is seriously considering changes to municipal collective bargaining that could make it effectively illegal for cities and towns around the state to give their workers a raise. They are looking to establish an “irrebuttable presumption” that 15% of a municipality’s operating budget “is not available for payment of the cost of any item subject to negotiation or arbitration.” Could your employer afford raises or improvements in benefits if your town’s budget were effectively shrunk by 15%?
If the General Assembly makes this change, a significant portion of a town’s budget would be untouchable by contract negotiations, potentially to the point that a town would have to run massive surpluses in order to even think about giving raises or improving benefits for workers. Even if your town employer wanted to offer raises, this change could create a budget threshold that is impossibly high for most towns, effectively making any wage increases illegal.
Allowing politicians to place a portion of municipal budgets outside of collective bargaining marks a further slide down the slippery slope that seeks to strip away your right to negotiate with your employer over better wages and benefits.
Take 2 minutes to email and call your legislators. If you do not know who your state legislators are you can look them up on the homepage of the general assembly. www.cga.ct.gov
• Senate Democrats Office: 860.240.8600
• Senate Republicans Office: 860.240.8800
• House Democrats Office: 860.240.8500
• House Republicans Office: 860.240.8700
Do not mess around with Municipal collective bargaining. Placing a portion of municipal budgets outside of collective bargaining marks a further slide down the slippery slope that seeks to strip away my rights to negotiate with my employer for better wages and benefits. Collective bargaining negotiations should be between two parties and the state should leave it to municipal leaders to decide what proposals they wish to make and what they will accept, without the artificial limitations.