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Opinion: Pre-filed bills take aim at workers

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Council 4 AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Executive Director Sal Luciano.

Connecticut’s economic vitality depends on a vigorous middle class that is gainfully employed and able to generate consumer spending power. Yet several of the bills pre-filed in the U.S. House of Representatives ahead of the 2017 legislative session seem to take aim at every day working people.

It’s disappointing to see legislators who pledged to create jobs and protect the middle class treat corrections officers, paraprofessionals, social workers and police officers as pariahs. Recent studies show that Connecticut public employees are a bargain and that unions provide a clear stepping stone to a dignified middle class existence. The anti-labor bills raised thus far demonstrate either a lack of understanding or a fundamental disrespect for workers on the part of the legislators who raised these proposals.

Taking money out of the pockets of hard-working people and redistributing it upward to the wealthy and to big corporations is no way to create good jobs, reduce income inequality or grow the economy. Our union members will fight these ill-advised proposals every step of the way.

Pre-filed bills of concern include:

  • LCO 41 – Voting By the General Assembly on Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • LCO 134 – Preventing Overtime Payments From Being Used To Calculate the Retirement Income of State Employees.
  • LCO 142 – Preventing Unwilling Employees From Joining a Union or Paying Union Dues.
  • LCO 38 – Prohibiting Certain Lobbying by State Employee Unions.
  • LCO 205 – Retirement Healthcare and Pension payments for State Employees Included in Certain Collective Bargaining Agreements.

2 comments

Piberman December 26, 2016 at 10:02 am

No doubt UCON retired profs identified by Yankee Institute clocking $300,000 + pensions were certainly a bargain as are UCON profs generally identified by the Chronicleof of Hgher Ed as among the nation’s top paid. CT is awash in “bargains”. So why the endemic fiscal and economic mismanagement ? Couldn’t be. our politicians could it ?

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