Weston, Dec. 30, 2014 – Members of Local 1303-041 of Council 4 AFSCME, the Weston Highway Employees Union, today donated $2,780 – the net proceeds from the settlement of an unfair labor practice complaint against the Town – to the Weston Senior Activities Center.
Local 1303-041 President Al Blizzard and fellow union members presented the donation to Bruce Missett, who accepted on behalf of the Friends of the Weston Senior Activities Center.
“It’s wonderful that the public works union recognizes the needs of seniors in Weston. We greatly appreciate their generous donation, which will help support the many activities we sponsor,” Missett said.
Blizzard said, “We chose the Senior Center because we feel that seniors are often overlooked when people make their donation choices, not only in our community but all across America. Hopefully this will shine some light on this area of need in our society. We’re all going to be seniors someday, and we’ll need the valuable resources these centers offer.”
Earlier this month, the State Board of Labor Relations facilitated the settlement of municipal prohibited practice (or MPP) complaint lodged by the union over the assignment of bargaining unit work at the Transfer Station to non-bargaining unit members.
As part of the agreement, the town agreed to compensate 11 impacted bargaining unit members a one-time total of $4,000, or $363.64 per person, in lost wages.
According to Local 1303-041 Secretary-Treasurer Joe Hayes, union members voted unanimously to donate the after-tax proceeds to charitable causes in the community, with most of the settlement monies going to the Senior Center. The union also donated the remainder to Calvary Evangelical Church in Trumbull, at a member’s request, bringing the total donations to more than $3,000.
“Today is a good day,” said Local 1303-01 Shop Steward Bert Porter. “We said from the start that this issue was not about money, but about principle and honoring our contract. We’re pleased with this agreement and we wanted to make sure any settlement money benefited a great cause. And our town’s senior center is a great cause.”
Pictured l-r: Brian Huegi, David Paul, Bert Parker, Joe Hayes, Chris Muir, Bruce Missett, Friends of the Senior Center, Al Blizzard, Peter Frawley.