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Christopher Coutu started this petition to State Rep. Christopher Coutu, Rep. Mike Molgano Rep. Sampson and Senator Joe Markley Challenge the Governors Executive order that hurts families and citizens with special needs and

During the 2011 legislative session a bill was proposed that would forcibly unionize daycare providers and home health care workers in Connecticut. The bill faced fierce opposition from legislators, licensed health care providers and health care clients and, as a result, never made it to the House or Senate for a full vote from the legislature.

That didn’t stop Governor Dannel P. Malloy from issuing an executive order to force these workers to pay union dues, a move that will drive up costs for these services while possibly hurting the services.

State Representative Christopher Coutu, a former personal care assistant (PCA), has stood by those in need of home care in fighting this move for years.

“This is outrageous,” Coutu said. “Forcing these people to unionize is not in the best the of the disabled or sick that require home care, it is in the best interest of the unions. Home care providers don’t want to unionize, they don’t want to pay union dues- so why are we doing this?”

The health care providers will pay the normal AFSCME Council 4 rate of $21.80 a month to the unions meaning more money in the union coffers and higher rates for clients. These programs rely on limited funding and this executive order will result in layoffs. “I call for my fellow legislators to stand up against this anti-job legislation that hurts our most innocent citizens.”

“I worked as a PCA with special needs clients for 3 years, I have spoken to people that receive personal home care, in fact, many clients testified against this proposal this session. Yet, Malloy is ignoring what these people actually want and unilaterally forcing this on them. It isn’t right.”

State Rep. Chris Coutu

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