State of Connectict Clerical Bargaining Unit Local 196

Stop CRRA From Privatizing The Mid-Connecticut Project

Something smells at CRRA, and it's not the garbage.

Our members who work for the Metropolitan District are using light as a disinfectant to show how the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority's plans to privatize a municipal waste-to-energy plant will destroy destroy 80 family-supporting jobs and drive up collection rates.

Just before the Christmas 2010 holiday, CRRA board announced plans to privatize operations of the Mid-Conn Project in South Hartford, secretively selecting North American Energy Service without details or full explanation. NAES is a Japanese company with U.S. headquarters in the state of Washington.

The Metropolitan District Commission currently handles waste processing operations under a contract with CRRA that expires Dec. 31, 2011.

CRRA's back-room deal with NAES also has no protections for incumbent worker; current workers may be considered for hiring at similar wages, but with no benefits and no union rights.

In a letter to the Hartford Courant, bargaining unit presidents Gil Bironi, Bob Facey and Tom Raffa noted, "This is a slap in the face to the Metropolitan District Commission employees who have operated a technically complex and environmentally sensitive facility with dedication and skill for nearly 25 years. Absent a union, who will speak out about hazardous working conditions, ineffective management or threats to the environment?"


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