How many damn shoes does SEBAC have to drop, anyhow? Apparently a lot of them. This week we were treated to a major bylaws revision, along with a waiver for a 30-day notification requirement for bylaw changes. As I reminded my friendly union chapter president today, I predicted that SEBAC would do whatever the needed to do to get the outcome they wanted. If it means rolling in shit, then by gosh, roll in shit. I mean, once you are covered in shit it can’t get much worse. The main debate seems to be over the “why” question. On the face of it, one could come to the conclusion that this is a way of telling the members “the deal was fine, the problem is with YOU”. Those of a right-wing anti-union bent feel that this is a monument to political backscratching, giving Governor Malloy the “win” at all costs. The SEBAC mantra of “save jobs, protect public services” just doesn’t have the cache it used to.
What we are awaiting now is news of how SEBAC will approach ratification of an agreement. Will they pursue a revote on the old agreement, a vote on a newer “clarified” agreement, or just sweep in the old agreement under the new rules using the previous voting results? Or some completely unpredictable approach?!?!
P.S. if SEBAC doesn’t mind a little more “mud” in their eye, they should vote to restore the old voting rules after this debacle is resolved.