Resolution still pending in labor complaint against Wallingford

Resolution still pending in labor complaint against Wallingford



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WALLINGFORD —  The state Board of Labor Relations is still working toward a recommended settlement to a complaint brought against the town over the collection of union dues.

In a statement Tuesday, Nancy Steffens, state Department of Labor spokesperson, said a decision would not be made before the end of the month.

Katherine Foley, state Board of Labor Relations agent, mediated an initial informal hearing Dec. 3.

AFSCME Council 4 filed the complaint in October after the town stopped deducting monthly dues from two employees who said they wanted to opt out following a U.S. Supreme Court decision on the issue in June, Human Resources Director James Hutt said earlier this month.

The union contends the town didn’t have the authority to stop the deduction of dues. 

If Wallingford and AFSCME aren’t able to reach an agreement, the labor board could recommend dismissal of the complaint or a formal hearing.

Larry Dorman, union spokesperson, said earlier this month that the union provides members of municipal locals an annual 30-day window if they wish to opt out of paying dues, and the request by the two Wallingford employees came outside of that window. 

The two employees, who haven’t been named in public documents, are members of Local 1183.

Public sector employees have only been able to opt out of paying union dues entirely since Janus v. AFSCME overturned a previous ruling that allowed unions to collect “agency fees” from all members for costs associated with collective bargaining.

However, by opting out of paying dues, members lose union voting rights. It’s unclear whether the employees have resumed paying dues in order to have their voting rights restored.

Foley said last week that was one of the issues they discussed. 

Dorman said Tuesday the union would not comment before a resolution is reached.

AFSCME Council 4 represents 235 Wallingford employees and about 30,000 statewide.

LTakores@record-journal.com

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