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

Posted In: Immigration, SEIU

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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

Posted In: 4Cs President, Delegate Assembly, SEIU, Unions

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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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4Cs members are committed to stick together in our union, despite today’s decision by the Supreme Court that makes it easier for anti-worker extremists to rig the economy further by dividing working people.

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We won’t let any court case stand in the way of our fight for the good, union jobs that our communities need. We know that when working people are united in a union, they have the power in numbers to raise wages, secure basic needs like healthcare coverage, improve their jobs, make life better for their families and build stronger communities.

Today’s ruling only makes 4Cs members even more determined to:

  1. Stick together with their co-workers in their union
  2. Unite more workers together in unions to turn poverty-wage jobs into good, union jobs
  3. Hold politicians accountable for doing everything in their power to help more workers join together in unions to create the most inclusive middle class in our nation’s history

4Cs members are joined by working people from across the nation who are showing their unity in the face of this decision by holding up signs with a simple message: UNION. Photos and videos of people holding UNION signs are being posted on social media using the hashtag #Union.

You are also invited to join us at a press conference in front of the Hartford Supreme Court at 4pm today. And if you have not yet, we hope you consider reaffirming your support for the 4Cs and sign a membership form here

Questions & Answers for 4Cs Members

What does this court case mean for our union? Will this destroy your union and permanently weaken the labor movement?

4Cs members are bound and determined to stick together in our union, no matter what. We’re not going to let any court case stop us from fighting for the good, union jobs our communities need.

We stand on the shoulders of public workers who fought for their union in the 60s and 70s, who faced much worse but were relentless in their efforts to join together in unions.

How many members will your union lose now? How much money will your union lose?

The power of our union comes from our members, not from money. Our money has always been dwarfed by corporate special interests. Our power is the people, and their determination to fight for their families and our communities.

I can tell you that 4Cs members are bound and determined to stick together in our union. We know from experience that we are stronger together. And we’re going to keep fighting and keep up our demand to make every job a good, union job that provides financial security for our families and strengthens our communities.

I’m confident that we will make the demand for good, union jobs and that our elected leaders will respond. We are driving a turnaround in this country that begins this year and will continue through 2020 by uniting working people to demand that elected officials do everything in their power to make it easier to join together in unions so we all have a fair shot at the middle class.

August 2nd, 2018

Posted In: Unions

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Powerful billionaires are using the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME to further rig the economy against working families. We won’t let any court case stand in the way of our fight for the good union jobs our families, communities, and country need. (Learn more about the the Janus v. AFSCME case from this link provided by our sisters and brothers from SEIU Local 1199.)

One way to show you’re standing up for  your co-workers, your community, and yourself through your union is to take the “Union Challenge!” (also referred to as the Norma Rae Challenge).

Here’s what you can do:
1. Grab a piece of paper, cardboard, poster board, or anything you can write on, and write “UNION” on the sign!
2. Raise the sign above your head—you can stand on your desk or chair, or in your work place.
3. Have a friend take your photo.
4. Upload to your favorite social media site & share it using the hashtags #Union and #WeRise.

Take a look at a number of your fellow 4Cs sisters and brothers below who have already taken the challenge.

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Time for you to get into the action.  Click here to share your Union Challenge picture with us.YourPhotoHEre

June 1st, 2018

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The 4Cs 2016-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement is now available online here. It is also available on the BOR website at http://www.ct.edu/hr/labor#unclassified.

Looking for the Part-Timers Agreement? Jump to page 122 of the Contract (or numbered page 116).

Looking for the salary grids? Jump to page 79 of the Contract (or numbered page 70).

Thank you for your patience throughout this year. As you see on the BOR page, many of the bargaining units still have not finalized their Contracts. Please note that while the Contract is available online, we are going to having a waiting period before printing in case any small errors were missed. If you note anything, please email Ellen Benson.

The 4Cs will also be further formatting the Contract to make the online-version more user-friendly with internal links and an index; we will notify the membership when the document is ready.

May 25th, 2018

Posted In: Contract Negotiations, Negotiations, Part-Timers

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