Labor and Public Employees Committee
JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT CONCERNING TIMELINES FOR ARBITRATION AWARDS.
Joint Favorable Substitute
SPONSORS OF BILL:
Labor and Pubic Employees Committee
REASONS FOR BILL:
The arbitration process is unfair to employees and their unions, especially when delays involved termination or suspension.
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM)
Submitted testimony said this is a reasonable solution to make the local grievance arbitration process more manageable for both involved parties. Although statutes state that an arbitration decision shall be issued within 15 days, as a result of attorney general opinions and court rulings, the process could last 6 months to even a year in some cases. This is unfair to an employee or group of employees.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
PAUL RAPANAULT, Director of Legislation/Political Affairs of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut.
Mr. Rapanault testified the current timelines allow adequate flexibility for submission of documentation without adding additional cost to the parties involved.
LORI PELLITIER, Executive Secretary, Executive Secretary-Treasurer CT AFL-CIO
Ms. Pellitier testified that municipalities unfairly blame binding arbitration for their unbalanced budgets. However, she blames the towns for hiring high-priced law firms instead of taking on the role of chief negotiator themselves.
Reported by: Marie Knudsen
Date: March 25, 2014