By STEPHEN SINGER, Associated Press
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s legislative Republicans say
taxpayers are paying $93 million a year for union officials to do
union business on the job and the lawmakers want to end it.
House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero and other GOP lawmakers
said Monday that figure includes pay and benefits for 911 shop
stewards who are allowed to do union work on state time. Stewards
are local union officials who answer workers’ questions about their
contract and handle union business..
Larry Dorman, a spokesman for the American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees union, said shop stewards solve
problems quickly, avoiding costly and lengthy disputes.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, asked about the Republicans’ comments,
said shop stewards working on the job is established practice,
though he would not design such a system now.
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