PCA collective bargaining recommendations delayed 2 weeks

The working group charged with recommending ways to structure collective bargaining rights for some home care workers has gotten a two-week extension on its final report.

The group had been expected to issue its recommendations by today, but will instead meet and finalize them Feb. 15.

The process was created by a controversial executive order issued by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, and has been closely watched by supporters and opponents of unionization. The executive order called for the working group to be established by Oct. 1 and issue its report by Feb. 1, but the group’s first meeting was not held until December.

The working group is likely to put forward a set of options for state officials to pursue. The recommendations would apply to personal care attendants who are paid through state-administered programs and who do not work for home care agencies. Any recommendations for giving the workers collective bargaining rights are expected to require legislative approval.