Bridgeport Workers Protect Their Services

AFSCME Local 1522 members who work for the City of Bridgeport and the Board of Education, once again, stepped up to protect public services by ratifying a new contract that provides job security in exchange for economic concessions that were necessary to help stabilize costs in the City.

Local 1522 negotiates its contract with the City and has been in binding arbitration for almost a year on this issue. The Board of Education was aware of this as the topic had come up in Labor-Management discussions.

The agreement provides AFSCME Local 1522 members with layoff protection for the next two years, while providing modest general wage increases over three years. The Union members agreed to a significant increase in premium cost share, moving from 12% to 25% by next year.

In a near unanimous vote on July 5th, the Bridgeport City Council approved the agreement with AFSCME Local 1522. Union members had previously ratified the agreement by a margin of 7-1.

AFSCME Local 1522 union members find it “unconscionable” that Councilman Walsh did not take the time to do simple math to sum up the major savings in health care costs alone for the city in the future; but would rather have jeopardized the services that Local 1522 members as residents and taxpayers, provide to the students and the community.

“I’m proud of our Union members. Once again, our members have come forward to be part of a solution in dealing with major budgetary issues.” said Local 1522 President Anna Montalvo.

Local 1522 members gathered outside after the City Council approved their contract.

”We did what was necessary to protect our members and the vital services they provide to the students and the community. Time and again our members have stepped up to the plate even though many them are among the lowest paid workers in the City and the Board of Education. These concessions have a major impact on them, too."