Council 4 Assesses Legislative Session

Local 1186 President Sue Egan (New Britain Municipal) testifies against a bill to wreck employee pensions.

Against the backdrop of a contentious debate over the state budget deficit, Council 4 accomplished many of the goals laid out in our legislative agenda for the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly.

The passage of SB 913, a landmark health care pooling law, headlined our accomplishments.

Council 4’s legislative and political advocacy team of Brian Anderson and Matthew Brokman also worked tirelessly to make sure the final state budget was a fair document that funds the vital public services our members provide.

Part of that effort included a campaign to prevent the closing of the Torrington Department of Social Services office. Members of our P-2 Social & Human Services bargaining unit pointed the way to a successful outcome.

Right after the session ended, Gov. Malloy agreed to roll back roughly $220 million in business taxes (including a deferral of the unitary corporate reporting measure until July 1, 2016), and substitute spending cuts that were not announced.

Members of our NP-3 (Clerical) and NP-4 (Corrections) Bargaining Units at our May 20 Lobby Day.

A special “budget implementer” session was scheduled for June 29-30, so stay tuned.

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