October 27, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Hartford, CO – Connecticut’s 179 assistant attorneys general have voted by a nearly 2-to-1 margin to join the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut. The results were announced Oct. 18.
“This is a historic day for us, not just as assistant attorneys general, but as state employees,” Nancy Brouillet, an assistant attorney general in the agency’s Employment Rights unit, told the New Haven Register. “For years, we’ve been denied a voice and a seat at the table on issues impacting our families’ health care and retirement security.” She said that the organizing campaign was “about equity with our colleagues represented by unions” rather than dissatisfaction with Attorney General George Jepsen. The attorneys will be part of the state employees’ bargaining coalition, but will not be able to get health or pension benefits through it until a new contract is negotiated in 2022. Read more