Connecticut State Managers Signing Up For Union-like Group

Matt Dwyer
October 17, 2019 - 4:00 pm

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By SUSAN HAIGH
Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nearly 200 Connecticut state employee managers have joined forces with a major union, hoping to gain more clout at the Capitol.

Fliers were distributed in recent weeks to a potential pool of 6,000 managers throughout state government. They say managers and exempt workers are part of "an ever-shrinking workforce" that has "borne the brunt of the state's fiscal challenges" in recent years.

That includes higher health insurance costs that left some earning less than they did a few years ago.

As managers, they can't bargain collectively. However, they're hoping to gain more political power by forming a union-like group affiliated with the AFT Connecticut.

Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano says he understands their argument, but "there are only so many places" to cut the budget. He blamed Democrats for agreeing to raises and layoff protections.