No retirement benefits for hundreds of employees.
Architect/Project Manager (School Construction) (Former Employee) – New Haven, CT – April 18, 2014
Pros – A well-educated, diverse workforce and committed, dedicated colleagues.
Cons – Hundreds of full-time unionized employees have no retirement benefits (no pension and no match). State and federal grants pay to fund benefits that are not provided to the workers. Surplus grant funds are then used to fatten the City General Fund, keeping the mill rate artificially low (48% lower than Hartford). Decisions about who is covered by the pension plan are sometimes arbitrary. Some employees are misclassified as Special Fund employees and are denied retirement benefits, even though their positions are funded in the General Fund budget. The City reimburses itself for General Fund payroll through municipal bonds, and then treats the affected employees as if they were funded by grants. The unions collude with the City on these decisions, to the detriment of the workers. There are no career paths, no promotions, no advancement through the salary step table, and no training or professional development. There are no employee performance reviews, and performance is not rewarded. If you speak out to correct injustice, you risk layoff.
Advice to Senior Management: Provide good jobs with good benefits and opportunities for advancement. Provide the benefits that the grants pay you to provide. Perform and ethical self-examination.