As we enter begin to prepare the online ballot for the 4Cs Statewide Officers election, you can learn about the candidates below! The election will take place online from April 3-22.

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March 21st, 2019

Posted In: Delegate Assembly, Election

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March 5th, 2019

Posted In: Political Action, State Budget

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Leaders of the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) issued this response to Gov. Lamont’s proposal to reduce future pension benefits:
“State budgets now and into the future include nearly $2 billion a year in savings provided by state employee union members through three savings agreements negotiated over the past decade. By agreeing to hard wage freezes, reduced pension and healthcare benefits, higher employee contributions and higher premium share costs, our members have done far more than their fair share to improve Connecticut’s fiscal health.
“Our latest agreement in 2017 will save taxpayers $25 billion over the next 20 years. That’s an average of $17,500 per state employees to help close chronic budget deficits that imperil vital public services.
“Meanwhile, our union members, like all working and middle-class families, pay an effective local tax rate nearly double what Connecticut’s richest few get away with paying.
“To be clear; we will not be part of asking for still more sacrifices from state employees, who have already given so much for the people they serve.”
“We will, however, continue working with the Lamont Administration and the General Assembly on “win-win” solutions for achieving efficiency and that will benefit everyone. Additionally, we will continue fighting for a fair budget that empowers all to thrive together here in Connecticut.”

February 20th, 2019

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The 4Cs has opened nominations for statewide and chapter elections. The statewide election will take place from April 3 through April 22, 2019. As in the past, the 4Cs will utilize online voting software to conduct the vote.

Members must be in good standing to run for office and vote within the election. Please review the 4Cs Constitution, Article III, Section 1 for the definition of a member in good standing.

NOMINATIONS PROCESS

Nominations may be submitted through electronic mail (ellen@the4cs.org), U.S. mail (The 4Cs, 907 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06114), or through the online form until March 1. Members may self-nominate for office or be nominated by another member in good standing. Please submit the nominee’s first and last legal name, college/university at which s/he works, the office(s) that s/he is seeking, and a preferred email address and phone number for communications about the election. An electronic form is also provided for your convenience here.

Alternately, nominations may be made during the March 2nd Delegate Assembly meeting at 10am at the 4Cs Office (907 Wethersfield Ave, Hartford); please email Ellen Benson at ellen@the4cs.org if you would like remote access to the meeting.

Members may be nominated for more than one position. Members may serve as both a statewide and chapter officer or delegate. Also, members may serve as both a chapter officer and delegate for the chapter.

 

STATEWIDE OFFICES THAT REQUIRE ELECTIONS

Statewide Offices that require election in 2019 include (see the 4Cs Constitution, Article VII for duties and powers):

  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Vice President from Teaching Faculty
  • Vice President from CCPs
  • Two Vice Presidents from Part-timers
  • Diversity Officer
  • Membership Officer

 

The office of President receives a 60% release time per the 4Cs Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article IV, Section 3, B). The Executive Board shall recommend all released time assignments to the Delegate Assembly. Compensation for all Executive Board members shall be set by the Delegate Assembly and shall be awarded by the President based on individual performance. While compensation is subject to change, the compensation last year for most of the statewide offices was equivalent to a 3 credit course paid at the part-time level II rate. The treasurer and president receive a monthly stipend and the positions require work all 12 months. Last year, the treasurer was paid the equivalent of five 3 credit courses and the president was paid the equivalent of 6 three credit courses. Compensation may be changed.

All Statewide officers serve on the Executive Board and the Delegate Assembly. Therefore, members should make an effort to attend the Delegate Assembly meetings that typically take place the first Saturday of the months of September, October, November, December, February, March, April and May. Mileage is reimbursed for elected and appointed officers and invited guests.

 

CHAPTER OFFICES THAT REQUIRE ELECTIONS

Chapter Offices that are up for election include the following positions for EACH local chapter of the 4Cs:

  • Chapter chair for CCPs
  • Chapter chair for Faculty
  • Chapter chair for Part-timers
  • 5 Delegate Assembly representatives

 

Chapter officers are responsible for calling chapter meetings and assisting members with problems and grievances. Officers must submit a report at the end of the academic year on the activities of the chapter in order to receive compensation. Compensation for Chapter Officers shall be determined via the annual Congress budget process. While subject to change, officers last year received a share of $2100 per campus.

A representative to the Delegate Assembly may simultaneously hold a chapter officer title.

 

ACCEPTANCE OF NOMINATION

Members being nominated must accept the nomination when contacted by the Election Committee and confirm their eligibility by Department of Labor standards by March 7.  Candidates will then receive a memorandum with the election procedures and rules by March 8.

 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, please contact the 4Cs office at 860.296.5172 or by email at ellen@the 4cs.org and your inquiry will be directed to the correct individual(s).

 

 

February 13th, 2019

Posted In: 4Cs President, Delegate Assembly, Election, Part-Timers, Unions

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If you are applying for promotion:

  • Please let the Campus President know your intent to apply by the last day of the semester (December 23, 2018)
  • Applications are due on the 1st day of the spring semester (January 24, 2019; the Campus President can approve extensions)
  • Resources are available on the 4Cs website, including sample promotion applications (here)

Attention CCPs: Please note that additional steps were added to the salary grids, so if you had been at the maximum step, you may be eligible for promotion.

Attention Special Appointments: If you work 20 or more hours a week and your hire date is prior to July 1, 2017, you may be eligible to apply for promotion. Please see the stipulated agreement and confirm your eligibility with your local HR office if you wish to apply.

December 20th, 2018

Posted In: Contract, promotioon

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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

Read more at:

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

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development

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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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