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Abandoned by CSEA/SEIU, Seymour BOE Secretaries Join UPSEU
Posted On: May 17, 2019
For the last several years the Seymour BOE Secretaries suspected that their former union, CSEA/SEIU was uninterested in continuing to represent the bargaining unit. Those suspicions were fully realized when CSEA/SEIU was a no-show at a recent Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (CSBLR) preliminary hearing regarding a petition to have the group join UPSEU. Perplexed by their absence, the assistant state agent conducting the hearing contacted representatives at CSEA/SEIU and was told that it no longer wished to represent the unit and would not challenge the group switching to UPSEU thereby circumventing the need to hold a secret ballot election. Since then, the Seymour BOE Secretaries haven’t looked back and will soon be entering into negotiations for a successor agreement.
“The bargaining unit is extremely happy with the switch to UPSEU since the representation we previously had was not adequate. The membership feels very optimistic that negotiations and contracts will be much improved in the future with UPSEU,” said Unit President Holly Zurow.