Floyd J. Dugas, Senior Partner with Berchem Moses PC, heads up the firm’s Labor & Employment practice. He represents towns, cities and boards of education throughout Connecticut, often as General Counsel. Floyd is a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment and Education Law departments. He represents both private and public sector employers.
Floyd is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. He has been involved in a number of matters of statewide significance. For instance, Floyd was involved in discussions resulting in the New Haven Reform contract, which was achieved as a result of a close working relationship with local and statewide teacher unions. National leaders have heralded the New Haven contract as a model for public school reform. In addition to being duplicated by cities such as Philadelphia, it was recognized by the Obama administration as precisely the type of reform needed to improve student achievement. The new Connecticut State Statute on Education Reform is modeled after what was developed in New Haven. Floyd was also successful on behalf of the City of New Haven in an interest arbitration case that allowed the City to outsource nearly 100 custodial positions and modified the pensions for those who remained, saving the City millions of dollars over the duration of the contract and beyond.
Floyd has served as an adjunct professor of Labor Relations at the University of New Haven. Additionally, he is an arbitrator on the State of Connecticut Department of Education Panel of Arbitrators. A regular lecturer on labor, employment and education law topics, Floyd is a member and past president of the Connecticut School Attorneys Council and is a member of the National Council of School Board Attorneys. He also serves as Chair of the Personnel and Benefits Committee of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury, Inc. Floyd Dugas has a Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory AV® Preeminent™ peer rating, which is a rating that Martindale-Hubbell publishes based on peers’ evaluation of a lawyer’s legal ability and high ethical standards.