It took seven years, but in the end the Police Officers in Middlebury, Connecticut finally rid themselves of CSEA-SEIU!
In July of 2005, members of the Middlebury Police Union petitioned to have an election and make a change to UPSEU/COPS. CSEA-SEIU objected to the election and after a hearing at the State Labor Board the members were denied the opportunity to vote for the union that they felt would best represent their interests.
The Officers knew that they would have the opportunity to revisit this issue in the future. That opportunity came in 2012.The Officers signed cards so they could force an election to oust CSEA-SEIU. UPSEU/COPS filed a petition on behalf of the members and an election was ordered by the Labor Board. CSEA-SEIU once again tried to stop the election but this time they were unsuccessful.
On September 5, 2012 the Middlebury Police Officers spoke Loud and Clear and by a unanimous vote the Officers dumped CSEA-SEIU. By their unanimous vote, the officers said enough was enough and will now receive the representation they deserve.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we stayed the course and justice has prevailed. It’s a shame that CSEA prevented the officers their right to vote in the first place, but in the end the results speak for themselves,” stated UPSEU/COPS Director Ronald Suraci.