From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
The mayor’s office broke its silence Wednesday over ongoing union demands to use federal coronavirus aid to provide “premium” or “hero” bonuses to employees.
After a group of labor leaders gathered outside of the downtown government center and accused Mayor Joe Ganim of ignoring multiple requests to meet on the topic, Ganim aide Tom Gaudett and Communications Director Rowena White in an interview said the administration has been exploring awarding the extra pay, but it is complicated.
“City staff has met multiple times to discuss the issue, what the ARP (American Rescue Plan) bill allows and who might be eligible,” Gaudett, who had observed some of the unions’ press conference, said. “There’s a lot of research that needs to be done on who worked from home, who was a ‘front-line’ worker, how much they made during the period that is relevant.”
Gaudett said Ganim is behind the idea–the concept of bonuses.
}We should have communicated sooner with our unions,” he said.
Full story here.