At the November 15 BOR meeting, President Ojakian will be presenting a draft of a white paper that serves as a primer on our college and university system for Governor-elect Lamont and other interested parties. The report looks at both the value of our system and the challenges we collectively face.

One aspect of the paper that is worth noting is the “Policy and Funding Solutions,” which outlines legislative initiatives that the system may seek moving forward, including:

  • Free or Reduced Tuition Models for College
  • Student Support Investments such as $13M for advisors and $25M to hire over 200 full-time faculty at the community colleges.
  • Establishing a fund for publicly supported work-study
  • Expanding partnerships with K-12
  • The same authority as UConn to administer its own construction projects

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November 15th, 2018

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November 5th, 2018

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The BOR has shared the professional development allocations for each campus for the current 2018-19 academic year, which follows in the table. Please note that some colleges had previously announced incorrect amounts. The amounts below were agreed to earlier this week.

 Asnuntuck  $69,249
 Capital  $82,255
 Gateway  $176,812
 Housatonic  $148,340
 Manchester  $181,031
 Middlesex  $78,388
 Naugatuck Valley  $169,431
 Northwestern  $46,752
 Norwalk  $117,055
 Quinebaug Valley  $52,376
 Three Rivers  $84,012
 Tunxis  $125,140

There were two Memorandum of Agreements signed by the BOR and 4Cs in relation to Professional Development:

  • MOA regarding the allocations. The MOA lists the allocations for the colleges and the figures of how the per capita amounts were determined. Further, if there are unobligated funds for professional development at one or more colleges, the aggregate balance will be redistributed to colleges with unmet professional development needs. Only after redistribution will residual funds be returned to the BOR.
  • MOA regarding the maximum allotments. The MOA covers 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21; the 2018-19 limits are shared below. The amounts are per semester and please note that conferences and coursework cannot both be used in one semester.

Professional Development SEMESTER Maximums

2018-2019        Full-time        Part-time

Coursework……$3400……….$1200

Conferences…..$2250………..$900

Memberships….$550…………$225

November 1st, 2018

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A number of members have questions regarding the use of professional development funds.  The 4Cs, AFT and AFSCME negotiated with the BOR a Memorandum of Agreement regarding the maximum allotments for both full-time and part-time members. The MOA covers 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21. The amounts are per semester and please note that conferences and course work cannot both be used in one semester.

The union has received a number of questions regarding the provision that members cannot use funds for both course work and conferences in the same semester. If one member took the maximum amount for course work and a conference in the same semester, it would be $5,650.  While contract negotiations lead to the available funds increasing more than 150%, they are not unlimited. We had no way of knowing what the usage of the funds would be and we wanted the funds available to all members.  In many of our Colleges, $5,650 would amount to 10% of the allocation for the year.

We can propose changes when we have greater experience with the usage of the funds.

Another issue that has been raised is that some colleges have announced their available funds as a certain amount of full-time members and a certain amount for part-time members. The fact is that the funds should be viewed as one pool of money for ALL members, part-time or full-time.

October 19th, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development

The 4Cs is asking for your help on an issue that could harm our students and our colleges. Last week the Department of Homeland Security officially published its proposed “public charge” rule that will restrict individuals receiving green cards. It will also likely increase fear among immigrant populations on using public services.

Many of our students need the safety net that public services provide. Our colleges have food banks because our students have food insecurity. The Hartford Courant has reported on the high level of housing insecurity in our system. Recently, the Connecticut Community Colleges became a leader is offering free courses to SNAP recipients as a means of obtaining education that will help them to become self-sufficient.

Even if our students are in the U.S. legally, there will likely be confusion and fear in immigrant families over use of the programs that lead to legal residents losing status.

Participation in the following programs will disqualify immigrants from green cards:

  • SNAP (food stamps);
  • Section 8 housing and other housing programs;
  • Non-emergency Medicaid;
  • Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy

Personal factors that will be counted against immigrants include:

  • Too young (under 18) or too old (over 61),
  • Existing medical conditions (and no insurance)
  • Limited English fluency
  • Low-income

Help us fight back and stop this rule from taking effect! The 4Cs is asking you to submit comments on how this proposed change could affect our colleges! The federal government will be accepting comments until December 10.

Go to SEIU.org/TakeCharge to submit a comment.

October 19th, 2018

Posted In: Immigration, SEIU

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If you were a participant in the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) as of September 2010, you should have received a letter from the Retirement Division with regard to the SEBAC ARP Grievance Award. All employees who received the letter will need to complete the SEBAC ARP Grievance Award transfer form (CO-994a), regardless of electing to transfer or not. Other helpful information, links and FAQs can be found here.

October 9th, 2018

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SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on the newly-proposed public charge rule that would make it impossible for working people and low-income immigrants who participate in healthcare and social services programs to receive a green card:

“This proposed rule goes against who we are as Americans. We are a nation that welcomes immigrants, rescues refugees and aspires to treat people equally regardless of creed, color, or where they come from.

“If this proposal is finalized, it could force families to forego needed healthcare or go hungry or become homeless in exchange for the opportunity of becoming a green card holder in the future. Parents will have to choose between taking their children to the doctor or being able to watch their children grow and remain together as a family. It’s unconscionable to force this decision on people who are trying to build a better life at the same time that hundreds of children fleeing persecution have been forcibly separated from their parents.

“This will have lasting consequences not just on the well-being of working families, but also the communities in which they live. Immigrants pay city, county, state and federal taxes that contribute to their communities, and finance healthcare and social service programs. If they are driven into the shadows or out of this country, everyone will suffer.

“SEIU members are standing strong in our union to stand up and fight back. We are fighting for our nation’s soul and to protect immigrant communities across the country. “President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have the power to do the right thing. If they don’t, we will hold them accountable for standing in the way of immigrant families and turning their back on working people.”

The 4Cs will be sharing more information about the public charge rule when the public comment period opens.

October 1st, 2018

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Through your Connecticut healthcare benefits, you can now compare costs for medical services and earn cash rewards for being a “smart shopper.”

Register by visiting VitalsSmartShopper.com or call 1.844.328.1579. When your doctor recommends a medical procedure (i.e., colonoscopy, mammogram, surgery), visit the website or call to search for a high quality, lower cost option in your area. You can verify the amount of the cash reward and 4-6 weeks after the procedure, you will receive a check in the mail. 

This program allows you to be informed about the costs of your procedures and you benefit from the savings if you make a more cost-effective choice. 

September 20th, 2018

Posted In: Healthcare, SEBAC

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On Saturday, September 15, 4Cs Chapter Chairs and Delegates were invited to attend a meeting to discuss better ways to engage new members! Ideas were exchanged, tools were previewed, and challenges were discussed. 

We will be implementing new ideas throughout the year!

September 15th, 2018

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Just a reminder to part-time faculty that if your course was canceled and assigned to a full-time faculty member within seven days prior to the first day of classes, you should be paid $300, as noted in the 6/7/17 Tentative Agreement.

September 13th, 2018

Posted In: Negotiations, Part-Timers

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