Skip to comments.(CT) Controversial unionization bills fail to clear committee
Posted on 03/21/2012 3:01:10 PM PDT by matt04
Republicans ran out the clock on two controversial proposals to extend collective bargaining rights to daycare and home care workers Tuesday, preventing either from getting a vote by the legislature's Labor and Public Employees Committee before its deadline for acting on bills.
But those on both sides expect the proposals, which grew out of executive orders issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, to resurface before the session ends.
"It's not dead yet," said Rep. Zeke Zalaski, the Southington Democrat who co-chairs the labor committee.
His co-chair, Sen. Edith G. Prague, D-Columbia, said the proposals would be revived as amendments to other legislation on the Senate and House floor. "We're not going to let them die," she said.
After the committee meeting, opponents of the proposals thanked Rep. Craig Miner, a Republican from Litchfield, who was asking questions on one of the bills when time ran out. Miner cautioned them that the proposals could come back.
"This is a complicated process," he said. "This is not a small piece of legislation introduced by some obscure legislator."
Malloy issued the executive orders in September, after unsuccessful efforts in the legislature to give collective bargaining rights to child care and home care workers paid through state-administered programs. Malloy's orders allowed both groups to form unions that could represent them in nonbinding discussions with the state, but did not give them collective bargaining rights. The orders also created working groups to examine how to structure collective bargaining rights.
Those groups' recommendations led to this session's bills, which would give collective bargaining rights to personal care attendants who serve people in state-funded home care programs and child care workers who provide care funded through the state's Care 4 Kids program.
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