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Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Media Advisory:
For Thursday, April 7, 2016

Matt O'Connor, AFT Connecticut: 860-221-5696
Larry Dorman, Council 4 AFSCME: 860-989-9127
Ben Phillips, CSEA/SEIU Local 2001: 860-977-4442

Workers, Legislators & City Councilors to Hold Capitol News Briefing Outlining a Path Forward for Hartford
Leaders of unions representing the Capital City's first responders, educators, and other municipal employees to address plans to negotiate, help save millions

Hartford - Municipal and board of education workers, area legislators and members of the Hartford City Council will reaffirm their shared commitment to protect vital public services for city residents, small businesses and visitors. They will hold a joint Capitol News Briefing tomorrow, Thursday April 7 at 10:30AM to address the role of Hartford's public service employees as partners in seeking better choices.

Thursday, April 7, is the joint favorable (JF) report deadline for the legislature's Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. The committee is considering S.B. 464, a controversial proposal to create a "Hartford Sustainability Commission" with authority over the city's municipal and education budgets.

Speakers will include:

  • Shellye Davis, co-president of the Hartford Federation of Paraprofessionals and president of the Greater Hartford Central Labor Council;
  • Sgt. Rich Holton, president of the Hartford Police Union, will speak on behalf ofthe public service unions coalition, (all of the leaders will be attendance and available for questions);
  • State Representative Matt Ritter will speak on behalf of the Hartford legislative delegation; &
  • Thomas "T.J." Clarke II, president of the Hartford Court of Common Council, will speak on behalf of the city council.

What: Capitol News Briefing reaffirming support for better choices than S.B. 464 to achieve Hartford municipal budget savings.
When: Thursday, April 7, at 10:30 AM.
Where: Legislative Office Building, Room 1-C.
Who: Hartford public service workers, city councilors, and area legislators.


peter brush said...

to protect vital public services for city residents

address the role of Hartford's public service employees as partners in seeking better choices
It's not the job of the employees to manage the corporation. It is the job of the Council and the Mayor to develop a rational spending plan, one that the property taxpayers can afford over the long haul. It is the duty of the employees to do what they're told. If their unions have suggestions for saving money while protecting their interests and the City's by all means let's hear them. But, let's not pretend that the unions are not adversaries of the City.

The teachers are employed by the State District; Bronin has nothing to do with their contracts. The Board has no obligation to the property taxpayers, nor do they have any control whatever over what the Board does.

Anonymous said...

I agree. Mayor Bronin presents his budget on April 18th. Then, the Hartford Court of Council is responsible for a budget before May 15th. Good luck Councilpersons.

Dan Deville said...

King Luke is pissed about the above presser. His mojo is gone....gone...gone....and TJ who has mayoral ambitions is taking leadership away from King Luke.

Anonymous said...

12:23 Ditto!

B&S stock value is near worthless. Larson must be laughing all the way to the next 5 terms.

Say bye bye to DNC speaker list.