The International Brotherhood of Police Officers, which also represents judicial marshals, filed a complaint Monday with the state Department of Labor for its decision to hire state troopers to patrol outside four urban courthouses.
The union alleges that the Judicial Branch, which recently laid off 101 marshals, violated its collective bargaining agreement.
The state troopers were hired by the Judicial Branch at an estimated $60- to $75-an-hour to patrol outside courthouses in Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury. The troopers were initially hired by the branch after gang activity erupted outside the courthouse on Golden Hill Street in Bridgeport. The branch said their continued presence would be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Joe Gaetano, president of the International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local 731, has said that this means the branch is paying an additional $12,000 a week for security at a time when it’s laying off its existing security staff.
The complaint, which will be heard by the Board of Labor Relations on July 7, says the contract explicitly forbids the hiring of additional security staff at the same time it’s reducing its security staff.
“We received the grievance, and we will respond to it in the appropriate forum,” Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, a branch spokeswoman, said.