Unions may try to amend SEBAC bylaws next week

The Malloy Administration will go forward with layoffs this week as they await details of a union effort to change the rules for ratifying a new concession deal.

At least one union, the UConn chapter of the American Association of University Professors, gave its members today the briefest outline of a plan to revise the bylaws of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, which now requires 14 of its 15 member unions to ratify a deal.

“The timetable for a vote for a by-law revision is approximately another week, to be followed by potential re-vote of a slightly revised proposal. It is not clear that each unit will have to re-vote,” Debra Reynolds, a manager in the AAUP chapter, wrote to chapter members.

Unclear is how the bylaws might be changed. Spokesman for the coalition have declined to speculate previously, other than say a review of the bylaws is under way. The previous effort won approval by 57 percent of participating members, but only 11 of 15 unions voted in favor.

Matt O’Connor, a spokesman for the SEBAC coalition, declined to comment on the AAUP email, saying he had nothing new to say about the status of the bylaw review.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today said there is little to discuss about a new concession deal with SEBAC until it settles on a way it might change the rules for ratification.

“Without a road to an approval process, there is no sense in having any level of discussion, so we await the road,” Malloy said.