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The Union has become aware that in isolated instances, some members are being denied access to Training and Professional Leave [Article 31, Section Five of our contract] to attend the Union's upcoming training session.

Chief Steward Patrick Lamb has filed an institutional grievance, with a request for expedited arbitration.  Due to the work now/grieve later rule, members who have been denied access to Professional Leave, but who still wish to attend the upcoming training session must use their personal, vacation, or compensatory time. 

If the Union prevails in the grievance process, members


In recent weeks A&R sent 2 letters to the State demanding contract negotiations for a successor agreement.  The State has responded and is seeking dates to meet with A&R.  At that initial meeting "ground rules" for the contract negotiations will be established.  We do not have that initial date set as of yet, but will keep you updated.  Chief Negotiator Christine Buck along with Vice President Mike Myles and President John DiSette are seeking to have that initial meeting with the State either in late October or early November.

The Negotiation Committee has done a great job pulling the Union's


Budget Cuts, Concession Rumors, Contract Negotiations

The recent budget reductions of $105m imposed by the Governor have led to the inevitable concerns by many of our members regarding state employee concessions.  To be certain, there have been no concession discussions between the Unions and the State despite the chatter that is rippling.  It is clear that A&R has no desire to allow further erosion of our Pension or Healthcare benefits.  The current chatter relates to furloughs days (CTMirror Article 10/2/2015) and (Governor Malloy WFSB 10/5/2015) but absolutely nothing has been raised to the Unions.  Despite the larger budget discussions, these issues will not deter A&R from seeking to engage the State in our own contract bargaining.  The current State budget incorporates raises of 2.5% for employees for July 2016 - June 2017.  Further, several "language" issues within our contract need to be addressed, and that can only be done via direct negotiations with the state.  Budget problems are universal, cyclical, and common and shall not derail our goal of negotiating our contract with the State.

Judge Approves Rowland Layoff Lawsuit Settlement

The judge overseeing the Rowland Layoff case has approved the settlement.

More information to be posted.

Whole Foods: for a Healthier and More Energetic You is the topic of A&R's next Professional Development workshop.  In this workshop you will learn how a whole food diet can heal, transform, and energize your life.  You will not only gain knowledge about healthy eating but will also learn how to reduce stress in your life.  Enjoy the day among your Union brothers and sisters and learn how to treat yourself better.

When: November 2, 4, and 6 (Attend  1 day only)

Where: The Spa at Norwich Inn - 607 West Thames Street, Norwich

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

Registration form

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