Sampson and Markley calling for Governor to recast special working groups and include the disabled community

December 8, 2011

HARTFORD —Representative Rob Sampson (R-Wolcott) and Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) today called on the Malloy administration to recast its Executive Order working groups, in order to allow the disabled community to have a voice on the panels.

Markley and Sampson say the current “working groups,” do not have members who represent the people affected most – personal care attendants (PCA) and family daycare providers.

Sen. Markley said, “The working groups are stacked in the administration’s favor. The fix is in. They want to pave the way for unionization of day care workers and personal care attendants and the panels reflect that; there are union consultants and a deputy commissioner of the Department of Labor chairs both working groups.

“Deeply concerning is the PCA working group. Where is the voice of the disabled community on that list?” added Sen. Markley.

In mid-September, Governor Malloy released two executive orders (9 & 10) creating the working groups. Three months later – and only after the two legislators wrote to the Governor, both groups have quietly been chosen and are scheduled to meet Friday at the Capitol.

An informational forum held last month by Markley and Sampson revealed those who would be affected directly by the executive orders have been dismissed by the administration.

“We heard from disabled residents who hire personal care attendants to help them with every day tasks, from bathing to grocery shopping. They worry unionization could strip their ability to work with the person they’re most comfortable with,” said Rep. Sampson.

In issuing the orders, Malloy bypassed legislative committees and resuscitated controversial proposals previously shelved last spring by the legislature.

“Without legislative oversight, there’s no trusted system of accountability,” Rep. Sampson said. “It’s clear that these orders will have a very real impact in the lives of many people, and that makes the effort to keep this in the public eye critically important.”

The executive orders also affect family daycare providers such as a grandparent, who may not want to join a union and pay dues.