Voting is open for the 4Cs 2019 Statewide Officers Election and one ballot question on the sabbatical leave application deadline. Voting will remain open until April 22. If you would like more information about the ballot question or the candidates, you can visit our website:
To vote, please visit https://eballot4.votenet.com/seiu1973/login.cfm and use the following credentials:
Username: last name
Password: 00 followed by your 6 digit state employee id number (i.e., if my state employee id is 123456, my password would be 00123456)
If you have any problems logging in, please contact our office at 860.296.5172 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ebenson April 3rd, 2019
The Delegate Assembly approved putting forth a question to the members on the ballot, revising the date that members approved for sabbatical leave applications.
Why is the Delegate Assembly putting this forth to members? (more…)
ebenson March 28th, 2019
As we 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.
Lois D. Aimé
Norwalk Community College
If I were elected president of the 4Cs I would make the union more relevant to its members. Our system is facing an array of problems. The 4Cs needs to be part of the conversation on solutions to those problems. A response to a member that boils down to, you should be happy that you have a job, is not a response that encourages confidence in the future. What is happening in our system will negatively impact the way we do our jobs. We and our students will suffer the consequences. We need to stand up and be heard.
Northwestern Community College
The 4Cs union deserves a capable, forceful leader during this turbulent time. Many looming issues can affect our members, campuses and collective bargaining rights. I believe I have the extensive set of skills necessary to become the 4Cs president. I am active at a leadership level in a broad range of 4Cs matters. The union has invested in my union education and I willingly gave my personal time to master them. I do this because I’ve benefitted from the union protections. I want to be a part of keeping our protections strong for members now and in the future.
Lisa ‘Elle’ Van Dermark
Asnuntuck Community College
I believe the 4Cs should be leading the fight against consolidation. This is a fight for the heart of community colleges. It must be waged by those who understand the discrepancies between claims made by the system office and the reality of what consolidation means on each campus.
Every person who sees the problems with consolidation must be a part of this movement. If you want to see a change in leadership, mission, and the way the 4Cs represents you – then you have to be involved. I cannot do this without you. Facebook: Elle Van Dermark for 4Cs President
ebenson March 21st, 2019
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 may be submitted through electronic mail (email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.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):
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 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.
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).
ebenson February 13th, 2019
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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!
ebenson September 15th, 2018
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On Monday, everyone that works in the CSCU System received a message from President Ojakian about his proposed reorganization plan. This proposed strategy to close anticipated budget shortfalls will be discussed at Thursday’s BOR meeting (10am, Betty Tipton Room, Student Center, ECSU).
While the letter and PowerPoint provided a framework for reorganization, the details have not been determined or finalized. The uncertainty of this proposal, has created a lot of fear among our members, especially those identified as “back office” functions by President Ojakian.
In his letter, the BOR President mentions that vital functions, such as HR, IT, and Institutional Research may be eliminated or moved to a centralized location. However, the uncertainty also indicates there may be time to influence the details; influence that will come through many conversations and collective action by all of our members.
There are a few additional factors that complicate matters. First, the legislative session is still underway. While everyone is predicting a significant budget deficit in the state, the state doesn’t have its tax returns back and the Appropriations Committee has not drafted its final budget. Having the threat of significant budget deficits across all state government reduces opposition to the reorganization plan by the public and legislators. Though as noted in the CT Mirror, President Ojakian structured his plan to only need approval by the Board of Regents, and not the General Assembly.
Also, there are many anti-collective bargaining bills this session, nearly 100 were heard on March 24. A bill that is especially concerning to all public higher education unions is SB 596, An Act Concerning the Definition of a Managerial Employee, which we believe, if passed, would remove many current members from being represented by a union. This is a significant concern as the union contract provides our members protection from arbitrary treatment, including the period of required notice.
Finally, the state is currently in discussion with SEBAC leaders to see if there is a means to come to an agreement on $700 million in savings as put forth by the Governor. SEBAC will play a pivotal role in any final agreement that is reached with the BOR. The consolidation effort brought forward affects not only the 4Cs, but all our coalition partners including AFT-CT, AFSCME, and CSU-AAUP. Job protection is likely to be part of any SEBAC agreement.
With all of these factors, our response strategy is complex and involves the input from our many partners.
But above all, we also need to hear from YOU, our members. We have set up a survey for you to submit comments here.
We have a Delegate Assembly meeting on Saturday, April 8 and in the meantime, we will keep our eyes open, listen intently, and learn as much as we can along the way.
ebenson April 5th, 2017
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The Delegate Assembly met on Saturday, April 11 and revised and passed the budget for the 2016 Fiscal Year.
jrojas April 30th, 2015
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Help us update our logo and possibly win $500!
The 4Cs (Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges) is running a logo contest for all 4Cs members and students at Connecticut’s twelve community colleges. We are seeking a new logo that is modern, fun and creative while still maintaining the level of professionalism one would expect from an organization representing members in the higher education field. See here for complete details.
The contest ends on April 24.
jrojas April 1st, 2015
Posted In: Delegate Assembly
The Finance Committee presented the budget for 2015-16 at the March 7 Delegate Assembly meeting. The budget can be viewed here.
Delegates will be voting on the budget at its April 11 meeting.
jrojas March 10th, 2015
The membership approved the Constitution Revisions as forwarded by the Delegate Assembly. A total of 326 members (15.26% voter participation) voted. To be approved, two-thirds of the Congress members participating in the election must have approved the revisions, or 218 voters. The final count was 243 approve (75% of those voting) to 83 disapprove (25% of those voting).
The final Constitution can be viewed here.
jrojas February 3rd, 2015
Posted In: Delegate Assembly