Hartford Reaches Contract Agreement With 11 City Attorneys
By JENNA CARLESSO
November 09, 2012
HARTFORD —— The city has reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract with the Municipal Lawyers Association, a small bargaining unit representing 11 city attorneys.
Mayor Pedro Segarra has urged the city council to approve the contract, which would run from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2015. The council will consider the deal Monday.
The union has been working under a contract that expired more than a year ago.
"While a period of time has elapsed since the expiration of the present union contract, this was not a reflection of the tenor or conduct of the negotiations, which were cordial and productive," Segarra wrote in a letter to the city council.
Corporation Counsel Saundra Kee Borges declined to discuss specifics of the contract, but wrote in an e-mail Friday: "The only thing we can and will say at this time is that we believe the tentative agreement is fair and balanced for both sides, recognizes the hard work of MLA members and appropriately acknowledges the city of Hartford's fiscal constraints."
Segarra noted in the resolution that the city and the union had reached the tentative agreement on Nov. 2.
Segarra said that the tentative agreement requires "additional funds for implementation," which have already been built into the city's 2012-13 budget, though he did not say whether the funds would support pay raises.
The council has until Dec. 16 to vote on the agreement.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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