Tolland Town Manager Steven Werbner has been selected by the state Department of Labor to sit on its Neutral Arbitrators Selection Committee.
The arbitrators are used in collective bargaining cases. A panel of up to 20 individuals is selected and then arbitrators are assigned cases by either the parties or by the state, Werbner said.
Werbner is filling the vacancy created when John Weichsel of Southington, one of the nation’s longest serving town managers, passed away in March. The term runs until Jan 28, 2017.
He is a Connecticut Conference of Municipalities representative on the committee.
"I am pleased to represent CCM member towns on the Neutral Arbitrators Selection Committee," Werbner said. "The selection of a neutral from this list is an integral part of the collective bargaining process in the public sector and my background in labor law as well as a legal degree provide a sound basis for my involvement with this appointment process," Werbner said. "I look forward to working with other labor leaders on this committee to ensure that if binding arbitration is needed those selected as neutrals are of the highest quality and meet the requirements as set out in state law."