Contract Negotiations

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

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Principal bargaining unit members will see a $900 professional development grant in their 3/29 paycheck. Please note that it will be income subject to taxes.
You may remember that this “grant” is available because the money came from “pots” of money that the 4Cs had set aside for several uses, such as tuition reimbursement, sabbatical leave, Willis upgrades, and a few others. The BOR is taking on the responsibility for most of those incentives as part of our current contract.
Once we paid out all obligations from those pots, there was money left, which is being dispersed to our members as a professional development grant.
You may have heard that our colleagues in AFT and AFSCME are receiving different amounts. Why?  The 4Cs has spent more out of our funds over the years, primarily on additional money for sabbaticals and disability coverage for members in the Alternate Retirement Plan (ARP), as well as the three furlough days that the union was able to cover so your paychecks would not be reduced.  The 4Cs has significantly more members than the other unions, so our obligations were more costly.

March 1st, 2018

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As we start to implement the recent changes made to our Collective Bargaining Agreement, there have been a number of questions raised, which are answered below.

Has there been any guidance provided on taking our three furlough days? 

  • Furlough days only affect full-time members; less than 20 hour/week part-time Educational Assistants and part-time lecturers are not required to take furlough days.
  • Furlough days are being covered by contract funds so there should be no loss of pay.
  • Furlough days should be scheduled by mutual agreement between the member and his/her supervisor.
  • For teaching faculty, the furlough days should be taken during the academic year.
There is new language on tuition waivers extending the “value of the waiver” to the CSUs; how will this work? Will it be retroactive to July 1, 2016?
  • The waiver is available with the fall 2017 semester, but we do not have an answer to whether it will be retroactive. For the current semester, contact the HR office at campus where the course(s) will be taken for information on how to obtain the waiver.
The Seniority (Part-Time Lecturer’s Pool or PTL) Pool is becoming automatic with 18 credits taught at one college and at least one positive evaluation. I am already in the pool, but have never been evaluated; will I remain in the pool?
  • Yes, all of the members currently in the pool will remain in the pool (unless you have turned down courses for five semesters in row without good cause).
When will the PTL Pool become automatic?
  • You should continue to apply for the pool until the procedures are determined. The sign up form is online. We will keep you updated when we have more information.

 

If you have a question that is not listed, please feel free to email us.

August 31st, 2017

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Yesterday, the Connecticut Senate passed the SEBAC Tentative Agreement by a vote of 19-18, thanks to the tie breaking vote of Lt. Gov. Wyman. Last week, the Agreements were approved by the House by a margin of 78-72.

The SEBAC Tentative Agreement can be viewed here. The 4Cs Tentative Agreement can be viewed here (note: there are multiple agreements).
SEBAC Statement on Passage

“We commend the State Senators who voted yes and Lieutenant Governor Wyman for doing the right thing on behalf of Connecticut and its working and middle-class families.
The passage of the SEBAC Agreement and its companion 34 bargaining unit agreements secures $1.5 billion in savings in the biennium and $24 billion over the next two decades while protecting vital public services, which all Connecticut residents depend on. We urge the Senate to use the momentum of this positive result to move on to a budget that serves the interest of all of Connecticut’s 3.5 million ordinary residents, rather than consolidating the power and privilege of the wealthiest few and the largest corporations.
In Connecticut, the very wealthy pay a lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than working and middle-class families do. This is a level of unfairness that our state just can’t afford and we hope the General Assembly passes a fair and moral budget for all Connecticut residents.”

August 1st, 2017

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On July 31, the Connecticut Senate passed the SEBAC Tentative Agreement by a vote of 19-18, thanks to the tie breaking vote of Lt. Gov. Wyman. Last week, the Agreements were approved by the House by a margin of 78-72.
The SEBAC Tentative Agreement can be viewed here. The 4Cs Tentative Agreement can be viewed here (note: there are multiple agreements).
SEBAC Statement on Passage
“We commend the State Senators who voted yes and Lieutenant Governor Wyman for doing the right thing on behalf of Connecticut and its working and middle-class families.
The passage of the SEBAC Agreement and its companion 34 bargaining unit agreements secures $1.5 billion in savings in the biennium and $24 billion over the next two decades while protecting vital public services, which all Connecticut residents depend on. We urge the Senate to use the momentum of this positive result to move on to a budget that serves the interest of all of Connecticut’s 3.5 million ordinary residents, rather than consolidating the power and privilege of the wealthiest few and the largest corporations.
In Connecticut, the very wealthy pay a lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than working and middle-class families do. This is a level of unfairness that our state just can’t afford and we hope the General Assembly passes a fair and moral budget for all Connecticut residents.”

August 1st, 2017

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the vote on the 4Cs and SEBAC Tentative Agreements.

All three tentative agreements – SEBAC, 4Cs full-time CBA, and 4Cs part-time CBA – were overwhelmingly approved by you. Please see the attached for our CBA results.

In addition, all Connecticut SEBAC voting unit members unanimously approved the SEBAC tentative agreement. Please see the SEBAC press release here.

The support of these agreements by our members sends an important message to every Connecticut citizen. Together, we have stated loud and clear that we are willing to do our part to assure Connecticut Community Colleges continue to deliver affordable, high quality education and excellent services into the future. This is what we do, and we do it extremely well!

Your support for these agreements is a reflection of how much 4Cs members care about protecting Connecticut Community Colleges, our students, and our communities.
Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice.
In solidarity,
Bryan R. Bonina, President
Congress of CT Community Colleges

July 18th, 2017

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The 4Cs Contract Negotiations are complete and our union coalition with AFSCME and AFT have reached a Tentative Agreement with the BOR.
This has been a long process that began in December 2015.
The Delegate Assembly met on Saturday to discuss the 4Cs Contract Negotiations and voted to endorse the changes.

June 29th, 2017

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SEBAC STATEMENT
Yesterday, June 25, State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) union leaders approved a tentative agreement (TA) for protecting members’ jobs and stabilizing benefits in order to assist in resolving the financial issues currently facing the state of Connecticut. The approval of the SEBAC TA follows weeks of negotiations between individual bargaining units and state agency representatives, which have produced tentative agreements for 33 new contracts. These unit agreements are all tied to the SEBAC TA and members of unions in good standing will soon have the opportunity to cast their votes on both.
Coalition leaders are recommending a YES vote on both the SEBAC and individual bargaining unit TAs.
The SEBAC TA is based on the framework adopted last month and accomplishes three primary objectives union leaders adopted last November when informal discussions began with the Malloy Administration:
  • protects vital public services that all residents and businesses in Connecticut depend on;
  • shields against layoffs for four years, through 2021; &
  • extends health and retirement benefits an additional five years, through 2027.
Click here for the formal TA, signed by the chief negotiators for SEBAC and the administration.
It is clear that the gains our unions have made in the past are at significant risk. These agreements provide a level of security for members, our families, co-workers and those we serve in a time of great uncertainty.
Click here to share your general questions or concerns regarding the TAs and the ratification process going forward.
4Cs Information
The schedule of Chapter Meetings to discuss the 4Cs and SEBAC Contracts are as follows:
  • Manchester: Monday, June 26, 2pm, AST E202
  • Capital: Tuesday, June 27, 2pm, Room 1126
  • Norwalk: Wednesday, June 28, 2pm, Culinary Arts Dining Room
  • Asnuntuck: Thursday, June 29, 2pm, Strom Room
Information already shared:

June 26th, 2017

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The 4Cs Contract Negotiations are 99% complete. This has been a long process that began in December 2015. The 4Cs Contract will be part of the Chapter Meetings that are scheduled on every campus (see schedule below), and we have created the following material to present at the meetings:
The Delegate Assembly met on Saturday to discuss the 4Cs Contract Negotiations and voted to endorse the changes.
The schedule of Chapter Meetings to discuss the 4Cs and SEBAC Contracts are as follows:
  • Gateway: Monday, June 19, Noon, Cafe
  • Housatonic: Monday, June 19, 3pm, Beacon Hall 331
  • Quinebaug Valley: Tuesday, June 20, 9am, TBA
  • Tunxis: Tuesday, June 20, 1pm, TBA
  • Naugatuck Valley: Wednesday, June 21, Noon, TBA
  • Middlesex: Wednesday, June 21, 2:30, Chapman Hall 808
  • Three Rivers: Thursday, June 22, 10am, C201
  • Northwestern: Thursday, June 22, Noon, TBA
  • Manchester: Monday, June 26, 2pm, AST E202
  • Capital: Tuesday, June 27, 2pm, Room 1126
  • Norwalk: Wednesday, June 28, 2pm, Culinary Arts Dining Room
  • Asnuntuck: Thursday, June 29, 2pm, Strom Room
Information already shared:

June 18th, 2017

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More information has been created to answer questions related to the SEBAC framework. Please find a Q&A on ARP and Hybrid changes and a one-page explanation of SEBAC 2017’s financial impacts to members (Pre-7/1/22).
Further, to gain a better understanding of the health care premium share changes for active employees in terms of dollars for 2019-2022, please see the attached chart. If you are unsure of your health plan, you may want to review the health care planner that you received during open enrollment (here); the plans are on page 19. You also need to know if you are on a single plan, 1+1, Family, or Family Less Employed Spouse (FLES).
SEBAC and the State have asked that all bargaining units, including the 4Cs, finalize contracts on or around June 13. With that timing in mind, the 4Cs has begun to plan Chapter Meetings on all twelve campuses to present information on both the 4Cs Contract (not final as of today) and SEBAC. The schedule is as follows:
  • Gateway: Monday, June 19, 1pm, Cafe
  • Housatonic: Monday, June 19, 3pm, Beacon Hall 331
  • Quinebaug Valley: Tuesday, June 20, 9am, TBA
  • Tunxis: Tuesday, June 20, 1pm, TBA
  • Naugatuck Valley: Wednesday, June 21, Noon, TBA
  • Middlesex: Wednesday, June 21, 2:30, Chapman Hall 808
  • Three Rivers: Thursday, June 22, 10am, C201
  • Northwestern: Thursday, June 22, Noon, TBA
  • Manchester: Monday, June 26, 2pm, AST E202
  • Capital: Tuesday, June 27, 2pm, Room 1126
  • Norwalk: Wednesday, June 28, 2pm, Culinary Arts Dining Room
  • Asnuntuck: Thursday, June 29, 2pm, TBA
Information already shared:

June 8th, 2017

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