New Britain Board of Education and AFSCME, Council 4, Local 1186
A board of education that unilaterally decides not to permit union members to work on Fridays during the summer may be required to reimburse union workers. To meet budgetary goals, in 2009 the New Britain Board of Education decided not to permit union workers to work on Fridays during the summer. Some of the employees elected to take vacation days on Fridays during the summer, so that they would not lose any pay. Employees who did not take vacation days on Fridays lost pay. The union filed a grievance and argued that the board of education violated the collective bargaining agreement. Arbitrators voted, 2-1, that the board of education violated the employees' right to work on Fridays and to receive pay. Arbitrators ordered the board of education to reimburse the employees for the loss of vacation time and pay. Susan Scott represented the municipality, and Edward Thibodeau represented the union.