New Britain, CT, Feb. 1, 2012 — Council 4 AFSCME, the union representing East Lyme dispatchers, says the Town of Waterford has a legal obligation to bargain the impact of an agreement with East Lyme to share dispatch operations.
In a letter to Waterford First Selectman Dan Steward, Council 4 Staff Representative Wayne Meyers wrote the following:
“It has come to the attention of the Union that the Town of Waterford will be the new employer for members of AFSCME Local 1303-436. Due to the fact that the members being merged are union employees under a current contract, the union demands to negotiate the impacts of said merger.”
Meyers is the chief negotiator for AFSCME Local 1303-436, the East Lyme Town Dispatchers. He also sent copies of the letter to East Lyme First Selectman Paul Formica and the entire Waterford Representative Town Meeting.
The dispatch merger first requires the approval of the Waterford RTM.