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Local 108 Stands Strong In Defense of Public Sector Workers

February 22, 2013

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, Jasper Parnell.

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 workers.

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 increments.

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!

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