Union Matters

08May09

Talks result in 11th-hour agreement with public works union
By Richard Weizel
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 05/07/2009 11:08:23 PM EDT

STRATFORD — Mayor James R. Miron and the public works union on Thursday hammered out an 11th-hour agreement on a new three-year contract just hours before the Town Council voted on Miron’s proposed 2009-10 budget.

The tentative deal with the town’s largest municipal union was reached after seven hours of “intense negotiations” at Town Hall, according to both sides, and includes guarantees of no layoffs in exchange for a wage freeze in the new fiscal year.

While there was plenty of internal conflict within the ranks of the 127-member Local 134 of the International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers, AFL-CIO, both Miron and a top union representative said the deal is a “fair one” that saves jobs and achieves the mayor’s goal for a wage freeze in the new fiscal year. The union has also agreed to end its binding arbitration case and make concessions on health care and other issues, union officials said.

“We are thrilled to have reached this agreement with our largest municipal bargaining unit,” Miron said. “Now we have reached the same deal with four of our six unions.”

Wage freeze? Was Mayor Moron even awake during the “negotiation”?

According to the agreement, it looks like they get retroactive 2.95% raises back to 2007. They will get step increases this year. Next year they are guaranteed another 2.95% increase based on the step increases this year* and switching to the HSA Medical with 100% funded by the Town. Oh, and no layoffs.

Is that what you call “hard bargaining” by Mayor Moron? If it is, can I bargain with him next?

I’ll bet those people in the clerical workers, dispatchers and Supervisors union are feeling pretty stupid right now.

Up next: Cornish tries to squeeze BOE unions.

For non-math majors: that is a 9.1% increase effective July 1. With another guaranteed 2.95% next July 1 making it 12.3% overall. If that’s a “zero” we are sure every union will agree to such a tough sacrifice.

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3 Responses to “Union Matters”

  1. 1 sudds

    I’m really starting to wonder if our esteemed Mayor is smart enough to wipe his own a$$!!!

    Or does he just think that we are not smart enough to wipe our own?!?!

  2. 2 jezebel282

    Sudds,

    All of the above.

  3. 3 jezebel282

    Oh, I forgot to mention…the DPW will be getting checks for the retro raises for 2007, 2008 and 2009.


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