At the request of our members from the Township of New
Milford, we would like to highlight the worker of our outstanding public sector
business agent, Jasper Parnell.
The war on public sector works has been well-documented, but
at the request of our members from the Borough of New Milford, we would like to
call attention to our the work of our own defender of public sector workers,
Despite intransigence from the newly elected mayor, Jasper stood strong
alongside the white collar union members.
After 11 months of intense negotiation a new 3-year
collective bargaining agreement was reached between the Borough of New Milford
and Local 108’s Public Employees Division, representing the borough’s white-collar
Local 108 and the borough started negotiations in November
2011. The borough presented outrageous proposals to the Union. Current
employees have from 2 to 5 weeks vacation according to length of employment,
with an additional 15 sick days, 13 holidays & 3 personal days. The borough proposed to eliminate all
these days along with longevity increments and offered a total of 25 flexible
days off, which was completely unacceptable. After 11 months in negotiation we
filed for mediation with Public Relations Commission in June 2012.
Mediation started in August and ended in September 2012.
At the conclusion we were able to retain all vacation, sick,
holiday and personal time we had in the former contract along with longevity
The new C.B.A. is for a period of three years with a salary
increase in 2% per year retroactive to January 1st, 2012. Go Jasper!