Planning and Development Committee
JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT
AN ACT CONCERNING MUNICIPAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES.
Joint Favorable Substitute
Disclaimer: The following JOINT FAVORABLE Report is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.
SPONSORS OF BILL:
Planning and Development
REASONS FOR BILL:
Certain collective bargaining agreements bar a municipality's ability to utilize volunteers. This bill would eliminate the barriers of entry for volunteers to perform certain public services.
The substitute language makes a technical revision which clarifies the intentions of this legislation.
RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:
NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:
Connecticut Emergency Management Association (CEMA): CEMA supports this bill.SB 450 would encourage volunteering and emergency preparedness within the community.
Donna Hamzy, Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM): CCM supports this bill. Ensuring municipalities are not forced to bargain away their ability to hire volunteers will help local governments continue to provide local services in a cost effective and efficient manner.
House Republican Office (HRO): HRO supports this bill. This proposal stems from conversations that occurred during the crux of last year's budget debate.
NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:
Stephen Anderson, CSEA SEIU Local 2001: SEIU local 2001 opposes this bill. This bill would unnecessarily limit collective bargaining. Stephen Anderson suggested that this bill could allow volunteerism to be used as a tool to undermine the wages and benefits of municipal employees.
Lori J. Pelletier, AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO opposes this bill. They state that the use of volunteers open the door to liabilities. Volunteers are not protected by laws prohibiting discrimination or harassment.
Reported by: Colin Carroll