Delegate Assembly

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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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.

April 5th, 2017

Posted In: BOR, Consolidation, Delegate Assembly

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The Delegate Assembly met on Saturday, April 11 and revised and passed the budget for the 2016 Fiscal Year. 

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.

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.

March 10th, 2015

Posted In: 4Cs Budget, Delegate Assembly

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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).

Click here to view a PDF of the voting results.

The final Constitution can be viewed here.

 

February 3rd, 2015

Posted In: Delegate Assembly

Due to the snow storm forecast for Saturday January 24, the Delegate Assembly meeting is rescheduled for Sunday January 25 at 11:00 a.m. As you know, the 4Cs Constitution revision is time-sensitive and cannot be postponed any further. The Finance and Equal Opportunities Committees will meet on Sunday at 10:00 a.m., prior to the Delegate Assembly. The Professional Affairs Committee will meet on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The Part-time Committee will meet on Saturday, February 7 at 9:00 a.m.

January 23rd, 2015

Posted In: Delegate Assembly