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Report of the Constitution Committee
March 13, 2024

Local 749's SPRING Juvenile Detention Newsletter is out. Read All About It! 

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Sisters and Brothers,

Local 749 is happy to announce disounted tickets for Local 749 Members.

Sisters and Brothers,

I want thank you for the hard work that you do.

AFSCME Local 749 is working hard to ensure the Judicial Branch and Division of Criminal Justice are following the Return to Work Principles. It is a challenging time with the increase in positive notifications across the state and in the Judicial Branch.

Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

Juvenile Detention Officer Bernard Bailey of AFSCME Local 749 (State Judicial Employees and Criminal Justice Employees Bargaining Unit), is proving the wisdom of that maxim through his work on the job and in the community.

Dear AFSCME Local 749 Members,

The Contract Committee for Local 749 will be entering Contract Negotiations with The Judicial Branch and Division of Criminal Justice to bargain a successor agreement to the current one that expires June 30, 2021.

Our Commitee seeking suggestions from our membership to be included in proposals. Please list in order of importance the areas and or specific Contract Provisions/Language to be addressed in this contract.

  • January 2022: Nominations and Elections Notice. On January 26, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. A.F.S.C.M.E Local 749 will be conducting elections at 290 Pratt St. Meriden CT. for three Trustees (3-year term, 2-year term, 1-year term). This is an in-person meeting for Nominations and Elections. 
  • January 2021: Nomination and Election Notice. 

    A.F.S.C.M.E Local 749 will be conducting elections at 290 Pratt St. Meriden CT.

It did not take long for the COVID-19 crisis to hit home for Ginny Ligi, an eight-year correction officer at the Cheshire Correctional Institution. In early April, she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“The virus literally knocked me off my feet for three weeks,” said Ligi, the union secretary for AFSCME Local 387 (NP-4 Corrections Bargaining Unit). “It was like I had vertigo on top of not being able to breathe well.”

The news media last week thrust state employees' contractual benefits into the spotlight following Governor Ned Lamont's public remarks at his daily COVD-19 (novel coronavirus) briefing. His comments further renewed attempts by Republican legislators to push for unlawfully breaking collective bargaining agreements.

The COVID-19 pandemic may have slowed some human activities; however, it cannot fully halt criminal ones. On the assumption there will be people breaking the law and arrested for doing so, there must remain mechanisms in place to protect the safety of the public.

One of the people who handles such mechanisms is Lisa Kaye of AFSCME Local 749 (State Judicial & Criminal Justice Employees). Kaye works in Middletown as an intake assessment, referral (IAR) specialist, also known as a bail commissioner, for the past 11 years.