(WTNH) — The Connecticut. Judicial Department has announced that 239 full-time Judicial Branch employees have been laid off, effective Thursday.
In a statement from union members of American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 749), the positions affected include Judicial Marshals and Security Officers, Adult and Juvenile Probation Officers, Clinical Coordinators, Family Relation Counselors, Juvenile Classification Program Officers, Public Defender Social Workers, Juvenile Detention Officers and Staff, and Intake, Assessment and Referral Specialists.
AFSCME Local 749 stated, “we understand the state’s need for austerity in these difficult economic times. But we continue to raise concerns about the impact on public safety and the efficient and safe workflow at our courthouses by reducing already short-handed security and staff in 43 courthouses. We ask, again, that the Judicial Branch consider alternative options to maintain as many front line public safety staff as possible. Further, we ask that they reconsider the spending of at least $12,000 a week to pay state police overtime in four courthouses, while the remaining 39 facilities are losing judicial marshals and other frontline staff to layoffs.”