Negotiators for the Bridgeport Board of Education and teachers union have been talking. Doesn’t sound like the union reps want to hear it.
The BOE is operating with a flatline budget for the spending year that begins July 1. How about some concessions to avoid layoffs? No way, say union negotiators. Okay, here come the layoff slips, starting with more than 100 teachers. For now, at least, the teachers union is willing to sacrifice teachers. The larger question is, how many? It’s not like BOE management has a history of sticking a gun to the head of union workers. Doesn’t it seem logical for the union to give back something to save a lot of jobs?
Budgets are tight everywhere and union negotiations will take center stage with education spending, city spending and state spending. I listened in on the first half hour of Ned Lamont’s “town hall” phone conversation with voters last night. These phoners have become common with candidates. They call, you listen and have the opportunity to ask questions. Ned talked about the $3 billion budget deficit the next governor will inherit. When someone asked him how he’ll cut spending he ducked awkwardly, and I paraphrase: that’s what we need, input from callers like you.
Egad. Such leadership.
If Ned manages to win–and that’s a big if–the Democratic primary against party endorsed Dan Malloy, the presumptive Republican Tom Foley will fillet Ned on the question of union concessions. Ned doesn’t want to piss off the union votes he’ll need by stating clearly that union givebacks must be part of the solution. Foley won’t play a winking game with unions. He doesn’t need union votes to win. He has stated unions must be part of the solution to reduce spending. If not, guess what? Layoffs.
Ned’s problem is he has a Republican message in a Democratic primary–I’m a businessman, I’ll create jobs, vote for me. But the message is hollow because it doesn’t connect the rhetoric with reality. Employee concessions are a major component of closing the budget gap. Doesn’t Malloy have the same problem as Lamont? No. Because Malloy, former Stamford mayor, comes from the perspective of a municipal chief executive who has negotiated employee contracts.
Unaffiliated voters, the state’s largest voting bloc, will decide the general election. Ned had a problem appealing to general election voters in 2006 against Joe Lieberman. Ned still has that problem.
From Ken Dixon, CT Post:
HARTFORD — “Significant” deficiencies in controlling revenue, compensatory time for employees and purchasing procedures were reported Wednesday in a multi-year audit of the Attorney General’s office.
The 35-page report indicates that the managerial problems fall short of being serious lapses, but the auditors said that better administration procedures need to be put in place.
In response, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s office said that in some cases, auditors found only isolated instances of administrative lapses.
But Robert G. Jaekle of Stratford, one of the two auditors of public accounts, said that the relatively small sampling in nine crucial areas of office management can be extrapolated as a wider-ranging problem.
The audit found:
That review procedures indicate a pattern of lax management, including lateness in depositing cash receipts in interest-bearing bank accounts.
The need to improve controls over pre-approved comp time. There was no written documentation of compensatory time for at least three upper-level employees.
Costs for contracted outside legal services exceeded contracted amounts.
The office’s receivables was overstated in accounting information one year by more than $360
Father’s Day from the Y
The Bridgeport YMCA Celebrates the 100TH Anniversary of Father’s Day
This year, the Bridgeport YMCA will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day. First celebrated in June 1910 at the Spokane YMCA in Washington, Father’s Day is now recognized all over the world.
“The Bridgeport YMCA is proud to join in this historic celebration honoring fathers,” said Timothy Bartlett, Executive Director, Bridgeport YMCA. “Dads, and moms, play a paramount role in children’s lives, and the Y is committed to helping foster those relationships.”
Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, the daughter of a single father who served in the Civil War. On Mother’s Day in 1909 Smart Dodd heard a sermon honoring mothers and wondered why there was no similar tribute for fathers. With the support of ministers in Spokane, Smart Dodd launched the first Father’s Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. President Nixon signed Father’s Day into law in 1972.
Today, the Y remains committed to strengthening families. The Bridgeport YMCA offers programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their dads – and moms – such as Family Swim Time, Open Gym and First Friday Family Fun Nights.
About the Bridgeport YMCA: The Bridgeport YMCA is the leading provider of children’s programming in the city of Bridgeport serving almost 1,300 kids each day. The YMCA is proud to serve over 4,200 individuals uniting men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Bridgeport YMCA is a place for people to belong, serving Bridgeport’s children, families and communities for over 126 years by building “Strong Kids, Strong Families and Strong Communities.” Please visit www.cccymca.org for more information.