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Several Quick Items

A&R Habitat for Humanity Build:  A&R will be sponsoring a "build" on Friday 10/9/15 in New Britain.  Details

OPM Seeks RFP for Negotiations: The State has released an RFP seeking to hire private firms to "assist" in negotiating the labor contracts (this is getting fun now!)

Rowland Layoff Settlement: within the past week, employees impacted by the layoffs of 2002/03 should have received a "packet" from the lawfirm of Silver, Golub, Teitell.  The packet contained an explanation and Q&A about the agreement and also included an "Opt-Out" form.  Please DO NOT sign and return the Opt-Out form unless you DO NOT want to receive an award from this agreement.  It is expected that very few people will sign and submit this form.

Pat Carolan Honored:  Former A&R President (1989 - 1991) was honored by the White House and named a "Champion of Change" for his work on climate change. 

Save The Date - A&R Habitat for Humanity Build

A&R has joined with Habitat for Humanity to help build 2 homes in New Britain on Friday October 9th.  A&R will be seeking volunteers from our membership to participate in the build (we do have a limit on the number of volunteers), more details will be available soon.

The election clock is ticking down.  Many primary elections for municipal candidates are held in September.  Winners in the primary elections will go on to run in the November 3rd, 2015 Municipal Elections.  Are you interested in running for a municipal office in your town?  Maybe you know of another Union member thinking about running for office?  If this is the case, please call the A&R Union office at 860-953-1316, and be put in touch with the A&R COPE PAC Committee.  COPE PAC is the Committee On Political Education Political Action Committee for our union.

With the help of our A&R COPE PAC


The United Labor Agency's (ULA) funding is being cut by the United Way of Central & Northeastern Connecticut.

ULA is the organization to which A&R members donate toys and food at our annual Holiday Party which benefits A&R members who require such assistance.  A&R has built a strong relationship with the ULA and is proud of its efforts to support working families.

The ULA runs a food Backpack Program for needy children and their families. The backpack program is funded by donations and is operated by collaboration of the CT AFL-CIO, other union partners, schools, community service organiation


A&R has been told to expect 8 layoffs from its membership at CTDOL.  A&R has not been provided the identity of the individuals nor the targeted titles.  There is no indication that positions will be cut at any other agency.  Until the targeted classes at CTDOL are identified, we are unable to determine the impact our statewide lateral displacement rights may have on employees at other agencies, if any.  Any employee directly impacted should immediately call the A&R Office at 860 953 1316.

A&R has met with the CTDOL executive team along with the heads of the state's Office of Labor Relations


Are you interested in working at a different State Agency?  Our contract provides that members of two different agencies in the same job classification have the ability to swap postions between the agencies.  Both agencies must agree for the swap to proceeed, as must each of the employees.   Swaps are permanent.  If you are interested in swapping to another agency, please complete the SWAP FORM.  Submitting the information will not initiate the swap.  We are gathering the information so that we can identify compatible employees and faciltate swaps.

The Union and the State have mutually