Archive for June 25th, 2011

June 25th, 2011

Deal Rejection Leaves Union Leaders Struggling for Answers

by LonSeidman

As AFSCME Local 391 put the final nail in the concession package’s coffin with a 955-527 vote, lawmakers and union leaders were left at a loss Friday. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why the agreement, which preserved jobs for four years and made changes to health and pension benefits, was defeated by a minority of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition.

SEBAC Spokesman Larry Dorman and Matt O'Connor

“The people who voted ‘No’ have a lot of explaining to do to all the members that voted ‘Yes’,” Rep. Patricia Widlitz, D-Guilford, said Friday.

Sixty percent of the coalition voted in favor of the agreement, but AFSCME’s rejection was enough to kill the deal, denying SEBAC the 80 percent threshold it needed for approval. In the end, just two of the 15 unions rejected it.

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June 25th, 2011

Prepping for the Upcoming Changes in the Catholic Roman Missal

by LonSeidman

Earlier this month the Office for Divine Worship of the Archdiocese of Hartford hosted two workshops entitled, “A New Translation for a New Missal,” regarding the changes in the Catholic Roman Missal at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. The changes to the missal will take effect on November 27, the first Sunday of Advent.

Msgr. James P. Moroney, who is the executive director of Vox Clara, a committee in charge of reviewing and approving all texts for liturgical celebrations in every language, led the two separate workshops: one for priests and the other for the laity.

At its core, the Roman Catholic Mass will… continue reading…