• NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

    NPS: Teacher’s union proposal would cost Norwalk millions of dollars

    NORWALK, Conn. — Assertions made Thursday by the Norwalk Federation of Teachers are not accurate, Norwalk Public Schools said Friday. NPS, in a statement released Friday afternoon by Communications Director Brenda Wilcox Williams, responded to NFT’s bombshell announcement that it has filed a complaint with the State Board of Labor Relations.

  • Norwalk parents’ leader suggests mediation in BoE/NFT dispute

    NORWALK, Conn. — Mediation is needed to resolve the differences between the Norwalk Board of Education and the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, an education activist said Friday. Time is short and who knows what cuts the state budget will bring, Barbara Meyer Mitchell said, trying to avoid teacher layoffs as the BoE and the NFT…

  • NFT files labor complaint against Norwalk BoE

    NORWALK, Conn. – The Norwalk Federation of Teachers has filed a prohibited practices complaint against the Board of Education. The BoE has attempted to intimidate the union membership by making inaccurate public comments, NFT President Mary Yordon said in a statement late Tuesday, confirming information received by NancyOnNorwalk that the union has filed a complaint…

  • NFT leaders challenge BoE’s public talk of layoffs

    Update, 1 p.m.: Comment from Bryan Meek; correction, 12:35 p.m.: Description of BoE Finance Committee meeting revised. NORWALK, Conn. – The approach taken to this year’s Norwalk Public Schools budget shortfall is disheartening and disrespectful, Norwalk Federation of Teachers leaders said to the Board of Education on Tuesday. “To publicly call for layoffs, to attack…

  • Hamilton says no to budget-pressured Norwalk BoE

    Hamilton says no to budget-pressured Norwalk BoE

    Updated, 3:45 p.m.: Comment from Bryan Meek; Correction, 2 p.m.: BoE budget increase was 4.5 percent. NORWALK, Conn. – Hard decisions are lurking if the Norwalk Federation of Teachers doesn’t make the move to a state insurance plan, Board of Education Finance Committee Chairman Bryan Meek said Wednesday. Norwalk Public Schools is looking to go…

  • NPS told to prepare for ‘significant’ layoffs

    Updated 6 p.m., comment from Mayor Harry Rilling. NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalk Public Schools are preparing for a significant reduction in force on July 1, as the Norwalk Federation of Teachers has rejected a move to a state health insurance policy, Norwalk Board of Education Chairman Mike Lyons said Thursday. Norwalk Federation of Teachers President…

  • Norwalk BoE floats threat of ‘painful’ layoffs

    NORWALK, Conn. — Switching to the state’s health insurance plan, CT Partnership 2.0, could solve the Norwalk Board of Education’s financial dilemma, BoE members said Tuesday. Not switching would mean more than 75 Norwalk Public Schools employees would be out of a job, they said.

  • Goodbye 2016, hello 2017

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Today is the start of the new fiscal year and state lawmakers are ready to leave the 2016 budget behind them.

  • Judicial marshals file labor complaint

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which also represents judicial marshals, filed a complaint Monday with the state Department of Labor for its decision to hire state troopers to patrol outside four urban courthouses.

  • Layoffs continue at slow pace

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget office said Wednesday that it has eliminated 724 positions from executive branch agencies. That’s about 12 more than were announced earlier this month.

  • Barnes warns of criticism as state agencies implement spending cuts

    HARTFORD, Conn. – A few weeks before the 2017 state budget goes into effect, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy administration budget director Ben Barnes is warning state agencies to expect steep reductions in discretionary spending for the next two years. “Over the next two years, we have an opportunity to realign state government in a way…

  • Budget cuts force court closings

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Judicial Branch officials announced Tuesday that they are closing the Windham County Courthouse in Willimantic as well as three juvenile courts in Danbury, Torrington, and Stamford.

  • More state employee layoffs

    HARTFORD, Conn. – Another 19 layoffs were announced Tuesday — in the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Office of Governmental Accountability — bringing the total number of executive branch layoffs up to 712. A memo released Tuesday by the Office of Policy and Management says they won’t be the last of the layoffs.

  • Opinion: Protecting the rich means short-changing mental health

    Jacqueline Brunelle of Council 4 AFSCME was a vocational rehabilitation counselor at Southeastern Mental Health Authority and Immacula Cann of SEIU District 1199 was a nurse educator at Southwest Connecticut Mental Health and Addiction System. Both recently lost their jobs because of the budget cuts. In January, President Obama challenged Republican lawmakers to “put your…

  • Opinion: Malloy’s new economic reality – money for the rich, layoffs for the middle class

    Sal Luciano is executive director of Council 4, a union representing 32,000 workers. Council 4 can be reached on Facebook and through its Campaign4MiddleClass on Twitter @C4MC. Sign up for email updates from Council 4 here. As Gov. Dannel P. Malloy continues to carry out his austerity budget, rife with mass layoffs of state workers…

  • Judicial Branch layoffs begin

    HARTFORD, Conn. – The Judicial Branch laid off 126 employees Thursday, but that’s only the beginning. Most of the layoffs involved juvenile detention officers and trainees, but more are expected.