Labor Complaint Filed Against Vernon Education System | #Education

VERNON, C T — A union has filed a complaint with the Connecticut Board of Labor Relations against the Vernon Board of Education.

The union announced the action Friday.

Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union , on behalf of AFSCME Local 1303-35, is claiming that Superintendent of Schools Joseph Macary violated municipal labor law by “coercing employees and refusing to bargain in good faith.”

The union represents custodians, maintenance staff and secretaries employed by the school system.

In the complaint, the union accuses Macary, of threatening an employee with a “new investigation” if the employee did not accept certain “off the record discipline.”

The union called it “bullying.”

“The Vernon Board of Education’s own bullying policy promotes a positive and safe school climate
free from threat, harassment and bullying behavior,” said Rudy Demiraj, field representative for
AFSCME Council 4. “It does not set a good example for students when their Superintendent is
bullying school employees who are dedicated to serving students and the entire school

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 3 at the Vernon Board of Education office.

The union is seeking to have “due process” followed by the board.

Both Macary and Vernon Town Administrator Michael Purcaro decline comment, citing ongoing legal matters.

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