Governor's Councillor Michael Albano has called for an end to "salary parameters" as mandated by the State Office of Administration and Finance in collective bargaining negotiations with State Correctional Officers.
Councillor Albano, in a letter to Governor Charlie Baker stated: "in my opinion, this practice represents a form of regressive bargaining and constitutes an unfair labor practice."
In the letter, which will be hand delivered to the Governor on Wednesday, Councillor Albano went on to say:
".... this policy has created a wide variation of compensation paid to Correctional Officers across the State, creating a secondary issue of equal pay for equal work."
"Complicating the matter is the nature of working conditions for Correctional Officers based on the institution where they serve. For example, the degree of difficulty is far greater.
The second term Member of the Governor's Council has a history of advocating for the rights and benefits of working families dating back to his service as a Probation Officer; as a Member of the Springfield School Committee; City Council President; and as Mayor.
"Correctional Officers are the equivalent of first responders for the criminal justice system. They should not be treated as second class citizens" he stated.
Councillor Albano is a former member of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where he served as a Probation Officer and is currently a Member of SEIU Local 1973, Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges.
He has received the endorsement of the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council and other Unions in all of his campaigns for elected office.
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