Posted on March 28, 2019 by jencusato
Reps. Klarides, Ferraro, Kennedy Vote Against Steep Pay Increases for Attorneys in AG’s Office
HARTFORD – State Representatives Themis Klarides, Charles Ferraro and Kathy Kennedy voted no on Wednesday on a union deal to increase the pay and to give out bonuses to unionized lawyers who work for the state Attorney General.
The two-year pay deal for lawyers working for Attorney General’s Office will cost taxpayers $5 million. This includes stipends for department heads in the amount of $6,000 in the first year and $12,000 in the second year.
“Connecticut’s current financial state of affairs cannot shoulder the continuation of labor agreements that put the taxpayer at risk, while unionized attorneys receive benefits that most people could never dream of, let alone receive in the private sector. Our state employees proudly serve our state, and we are fortunate. But, the labor agreements of the past cannot be the agreements for Connecticut’s future, it is simply not realistic,” said Rep. Klarides.
“This major pay increase is sending the wrong message to Connecticut taxpayers,” said Rep. Ferraro. “We are still seeing job loss in the state and residents leaving, but the majority party thinks we should be handing out pay increases. I was hopeful Governor Ned Lamont would do things differently but this is more of the same from the majority.”
“This lavish award provides 3.5 percent wage increases and then another 2 percent “step” increase for a 5.5 percent hike in each of the next two years. The lawyers would also receive a bonus of $2,000, while department heads in the attorney general’s office would receive additional stipends of $6,000 in the first year and $12,000 in the second while the taxpayers of Milford and Orange get the bill,” said Rep. Kennedy. “No wonder they are proposing massive tax hikes this session, on top of bringing tolls back to Connecticut.”
185 Assistant Attorneys General plus 14 department heads will benefit from this new union deal. The current average annual salary for these employees is $120,436. Over the next two years, the average annual salary will be increased to $133,436, due to this contract with a no-layoff clause.