Court Officer Legislation

(December 23, 2008, James Hennerty, Dep. Director of Contract Administration)

The Governor has vetoed S.5565, which would have made Court Officers police officers (Veto # 180). He says most CO's are never called on to perform purely police functions. He also says it would cost money for additional training and that more expense for binding interest arbitration would not be far behind.

(December 23, 2008, James Hennerty, Dep. Director of Contract Administration)
The Governor's proposed budget would, among other things, depend on savings to the State by NOT paying the 3% raise employees are due next April; by DEFERRING (lagging) five days of pay from State employees; by increasing the premiums paid for health insurance in retirement by State employees who have fewer years of service than the average; and by eliminating State reimbursement of Part B premiums to active and retired employees who must pay it to retain Medicare.

If some or all of these ideas are not agreed to by the unions and/or the Legislature, the Governor and Legislature would have to come up with money equal to these savings in order to balance the budget.

The feeling is that the Governor might very well make up the difference by lots of layoffs of State employees. He cannot lay off UCS employees, but if the final budget cuts UCS funding a great deal, UCS could possibly also lay off employees.

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