Professional Development

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




November 1st, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development


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 recently came to an agreement with the System Office on Professional Development allocation guidelines for the rest of this academic year (2017-18) as follows:
Principal Bargaining Unit Members:
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $3000 a semester orconference expenses up to $2000 a semester.
  • Professional society memberships up to $500 a semester.
Part-time Bargaining Unit Members:
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $1000 a semester or conference expenses up to $750 a semester.
  • Professional society memberships up to $200 a semester.
Additional information will be provided to the colleges soon regarding the management of unobligated balances that result after all Professional Development requests have been addressed.

March 21st, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development


Promotion Committee Composition
A few weeks ago, we announced that an anomaly had been noticed in the contract implementation on the issue of the composition of the Promotion Committee. In notes from negotiations, it was agreed to around the table that the Promotion Committee makeup would include two managers; as there would be administrators on the Promotion Committee, it would eliminate the Dean level of review. However, the issue of the Promotion Committee composition was never incorporated into the three Tentative Agreements that were signed (here).
President Bonina asked our Attorney to review this matter. Attorney Chester’s letter can be read here.
Professional Development Grants
In the past, the 4Cs contract contained different “pots” of money for specific purposes. During contract negotiations, it was agreed that:
  • Grievance/equity accounts remain the same.
  • 1% of payroll to fund promotions and merit awards.
  • 1.35% of payroll for professional development.
  • Other accounts become obligations of the BOR.
  • 26 sabbatical leaves (an increase of about 10 per year)
  • Remaining funds dispersed to members as “professional development grants”.

Members have inquired as to when the professional development grants would be released. We do not have an exact date yet for the professional development grants, but we expect that they will be awarded early in 2018. We will keep you updated.


December 12th, 2017

Posted In: Contract, Principal Bargaining Unit, Professional Development


Additional information is available now for two on the recent contract changes: Professional Development funds and the Emergency Sick Leave Bank.
Professional Development Funds for 2017-18
Below please find a table that shows the amount allocated for each college for 4Cs members’ professional development.
College 4Cs
Asnuntuck $28,650 $66,801 $1,583
Capital $29,308 $85,552 $1,825
Gateway $38,858 $123,054 $6,026
Housatonic $55,653 $175,791 $2,996
Manchester $64,545 $212,121 $2,066
Middlesex $29,638 $99,615 $758
Naugatuck $41,822 $123,054 $5,303
Northwestern $21,734 $76,176 $310
Norwalk $47,091 $121,882 $1,240
Quinebaug $27,004 $69,145 $413
Three Rivers $27,332 $76,176 $1,550
Tunxis $41,163 $123,054 $930
$1,352,421 $25,000

Emergency Sick Leave Bank Guidelines

A sick leave bank is a brand new benefit that was negotiated into the 4Cs contract. For that reason, it took several months to determine how it would be implemented. Please see the attached guidelines here.


Everyone should note that:
  • On March 31st of each year of the agreement, all full-time members who have not contributed to the Emergency Sick Leave Bank (ESLB) shall have three of their accrued sick days assigned to the ESLB.
  • Bargaining unit members with a sick leave balance of 105 hours or more on March 31st will have these three days deducted immediately.
  • Bargaining unit members with less than 105 sick leave hours on March 31st, will have 1 day deducted quarterly.
  • New hires will have one day deducted in each of the 9th, 10th, and 11th-month accruals.
The donation of three days only occurs one time, but upon retirement, all members’ sick days in excess of 240 shall be assigned to the ESLB.

November 29th, 2017

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development, Sick Leave Bank