Remaining Days of the Legislative Session Gives Lawmakers Another Opportunity to Attack Collective Bargaining
As our academic semester comes to a close, so is the legislative session. It is a busy time for legislators as they try to finish a state budget and pass legislation. During these chaotic last few days of the session, it is common for legislators to try to attach an amendment to the legislation, hoping it gets passed with little public scrutiny.
The 4Cs and other unions have been fighting all session against the recommendations of the Commission on Fiscal Stability and Growth – a panel dominated by ultra-wealthy Connecticut citizens and CEOs that issued austerity-style recommendations for the Connecticut legislature, including attacks on working and middle class people and tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.
They know they don’t have the votes to pass the whole report, so they may try to slip through some of the worst pieces of the report — like billionaire tax cuts, or eliminating bargaining of pension and health care or slashing $1 billion from public services — as amendments to other legislation.
Please watch this video – which contains comments from a Capital professor and 4Cs member – about why the Commission’s recommendations would hurt Connecticut and working people.
You can use SEBAC’s action network to directly contact your legislators about this report. (While writing your legislators, why not also ask them to support funding for the community colleges? See article above).