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Connecticut Ruling An "Unequivocal Defense" of Union Members' Rights


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JL
- 486 days ago - afscme.org
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday ruled in favor of 2,800 Connecticut state employees, 700 of whom are AFSCME members, who were illegally fired in 2003 based on their union membership.



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JL A. (275)
Friday June 21, 2013, 3:15 pm
Connecticut Ruling an “Unequivocal Defense” of Union Members’ Rights

by Pablo Ros | June 05, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday ruled in favor of 2,800 Connecticut state employees, 700 of whom are AFSCME members, who were illegally fired in 2003 based on their union membership.

In late 2002, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland and his budget director, Marc Ryan, asked a coalition of state workers, including the AFSCME members, to make $450 million in long-term concessions under existing collective bargaining agreements. They targeted unionized employees only and threatened to fire many of them should they refuse to meet their demands.

The unions made an alternative proposal and bargained in good faith. And we stood by our members. But the Rowland administration fired 2,800 unionized employees.

“The workers were targeted because of their union affiliation, in what was a clear violation of their constitutional right,” said AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders. “Not only were no non-union employees fired but the Rowland administration had the gall to advise the unions that the workers would be given their jobs back if they agreed to proposed concessions. This illegal and immoral act disrupted thousands of lives.”

“AFSCME fought hard for 10 years on behalf of our members, and we’re elated about the U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision, which is an unequivocal defense of union members’ constitutional rights,” said Salvatore Luciano, executive director of Council 4, also an AFSCME International vice president. “We urge that fair compensation be given to the Connecticut employees who were illegally fired.”

Now a U.S. District Court must decide how much money should be awarded to the fired workers to compensate them for their losses. The employees will also be able to pursue civil penalties against Rowland and Ryan in their individual capacities.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 2:36 pm
I hope every single one of those people files an individual lawsuit for the state to deal with and teaches them a lesson they will never forget. I hope the state becomes so strapped to respond that they have to hire each person back just to respond to their own and each others' lawsuits. OK, I realize that's not realistic, but I can dream, right?
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday June 22, 2013, 3:04 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Joanne because you have done so within the last day.
 

Katie D. (86)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:02 pm
I hope they get at least ten years Loss of Wages! + Pain and Suffering. all benefits they were deprived of,etc.!!!
This is a terrible Violation of Rights!!
Glad to hear of this decision!! I can remember when this happened 10 yrs ago. Thank You
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday June 23, 2013, 7:53 pm
You are welcome Bill and Katie. You cannot currently send a star to Bill and Katie because you have done so within the last day.
 
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