Linda Yelmini to Join Connecticut Senate Republican Office

December 12, 2016

Hartford – The Connecticut Senate Republican Caucus is announcing the hiring of Linda Yelmini, the former Director of Labor Relations in the Office of Policy and Management, as a labor relations advisor and legislative researcher for the 2017 legislative session. Yelmini will work as a part-time, hourly employee.

“When facing challenging economic times and exploding budget deficits, Connecticut leaders need to consult with people who understand specific parts of the state budget inside and out. Linda Yelmini is one of those people,” said Senate Republican Leader Len Fasano (R-North Haven). “Ms. Yelmini knows more about Connecticut’s state employee contracts than most people in state government. As OPM’s former labor relations chief, she was responsible for negotiating contracts and retirement agreements and bringing multiple parties together. I believe her expertise and 28 years of experience will be a benefit to the taxpayers of Connecticut as Republican lawmakers look to identify ways to get state spending under control without placing further burdens on Connecticut families and with the goal of avoiding further state employee layoffs. She will continue to serve as a neutral arbitrator on a number of arbitration panels which demonstrates both her knowledge of labor relations matters and fair-mindedness.”

“Connecticut is dealing with serious challenges and we need to tackle these issues by bringing together the best and brightest who understand the intricacies of Connecticut state government,” said Senate Republican Leader Pro Tempore Kevin Witkos (R-Canton). “Bringing in an advisor, researcher and attorney with extensive knowledge of state contracts and labor issues in our state will help lawmakers make the best decisions to balance our budget, identify savings and implement long-term structural changes, without pushing more burdens onto Connecticut families.”

Linda Yelmini previously worked in OPM’s Office of Labor Relations from 1987 to 2015 and served as its Director for eighteen years. She also served as the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services, Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety and member of the Retirement Commission. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Western New England College School of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of New Haven, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Connecticut.