AFT, AFTCT, and CT AFL-CIO came out to the Dept of Labor October 15th for a "show of solidarity" to protest the A&R layoffs.
Please remember your fellow union members this year as A&R once again joins with the United Labor Agency (ULA) to collect toys at our Annual Holiday Party at the Aquaturf. Attendees of the A&R Holiday Party are asked to support this event and bring unwrapped toys to the Party. These toys are for A&R families in need and for other Union families seeking a happier holiday season.
We have seven seats available for the December 5th bus trip to New York City due to cancelations. If you are interested in pursuing your own individual adventure day-trip in New York City, and would enjoy the camaraderie of your Union brothers and sisters as you share a comfortable coach bus ride with them, call the Union Hall to sign up for the trip.
Yesterday Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes told the legislature’s two budget writing committees "I don’t believe that the state is in any kind of a crisis”. Secretary Barnes also stated that “I believe we face challenges and will continue to face challenges and that the changing nature of our economy makes it very difficult to operate government services on the types of tax bases that we have.” Read the entire story here at CT News Junkie.
The legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analysts projected the state will face $4.3 billion in budget deficits over the next four years. The Office of Fiscal Analysis estimates that the state is facing a $254.4 million budget deficit in 2016 and a $552 million deficit in 2017, but the deficit grows even further to $1.7 billion in 2018 and $1.8 billion in 2019. The OFA's deficit projections are similar to those of OPM. Read the entire story at CT News Junkie
The leaders of the legislature's Democratic majority recommended suspending the state's public-financing of elections for 2016, cutting social services, and retreating from two major initiatives on transportation and municipal aid. The suggested cuts are part of continuing negotiations with Governor Malloy and the Republican legislative minority over how to eliminate growing deficits projected for this fiscal year and the one that begins July 1.
State Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced today he is developing an alternative plan to restructure Connecticut’s payments into the cash-starved pension fund for state employees. Unlike the plan Governor Malloy offered last month in which Tier 1 pension costs would be separated from the pension fund and paid for as a pay-as-you-go budget line item, Lembo's proposal would not split the pension system into two components (Tier 1 and all others).