Labor Policy & Transparency

For the 2018 Legislative Session

Connecticut’s public employees deserve to know how their hard-earned money is being spent by their unions. This is a right that private sector union workers already enjoy.

But right now government workers don’t have that right. State law says that government union reports should not be available to the public and that they should only be accessible to union members at their union hall. They can also be less detailed than the reports that private sector unions are required to submit.

In addition, the Connecticut Labor Commissioner can destroy these reports after only two years.

Connecticut’s public employees deserve the same rights as private sector workers. They deserve the same type of detailed financial reports that private sector unions file, which are publicly available and preserved.

A simple fix would be to amend Connecticut law to allow government unions to file reports that conform to federal labor law standards, and to make those reports publicly available as well.

Yankee Institute Labor Policy Papers and Briefs

Can Connecticut’s State Employee Retirement System be sustained?

Find out how millions in taxpayer dollars are being used to fund union activity

Connecticut workers earn up to 40 percent more than their private-sector counterparts.

Articles

State overtime spending jumps in 2018

Connecticut has spent $13.9 million more in overtime for state employees during the first half of this new fiscal year than it did in 2017, according to a report by the Office of Fiscal Analysis.

Connecticut had been making headway in reducing overtime spending since a high of $256.1 million in 2015. In 2017, Connecticut spent a total of $204.4 million.

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