SEBAC

Updates on SEBAC 2017 will be posted on the SEBAC 2017 page.

SEBAC Statement

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) voted this afternoon to open formal discussions with the Malloy administration around a framework that will save jobs and save costs to help address the ongoing revenue shortfalls that have caused Connecticut’s budget deficit.

This framework and potential savings are a clear example of why collective bargaining is so imperative for our state.
Without collective bargaining, the billions of dollars in savings from years of agreed upon state worker concessions would not have been realized. This was an important first step as middle-class workers are doing their part to help solve the budget deficit. Now is the time for legislators to ask the same of the state’s most wealthy and billion dollar corporations.
A final SEBAC agreement will rescind the layoff notices that have been issued since April, provide four years of layoff protection and extend state health care and retiree health care benefits for five years.
Within this framework, the administration must complete all unit negotiations before SEBAC can move forward towards a membership vote.
There are critics who have already come out against this framework because they believe that it does not cause enough pain for working families. These critics would undoubtedly stand against any agreement with SEBAC.
Those individuals need to be reminded of the fact that state employees continue to save the state $1 billion annually through concessions.
We have always been willing to do our part.
What happens next?
  • 4Cs leaders will meet to discuss the framework and hold information sessions on the campuses.
  • The 4Cs and our coalition partners, AFT and AFSCME, would need to work out a tentative agreement on our 4Cs Contract with the BOR.
  • The SEBAC agreement and the 4Cs Contract Agreement will be subject to ratification by the members.
  • Once this process is completed, and if all are approved, the SEBAC agreement and all the contracts for the individual bargaining units would be presented to the General Assembly as a single item for approval. The General Assembly can either vote yes on all the agreements or no on all the agreements.

May 24th, 2017

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State employee union leaders and the governor’s administration have been in discussions over pension funding for nearly a year in an effort to smooth out the pension liability. Yesterday, they reached agreement to restructure state employee pension fund payments.

The agreement does not impact members’ retirement benefits or require increased employee contributions; it does, however, stabilize pensions by ensuring obligations to current and future retirees are fully funded.

Click here for a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the parties.

“This agreement makes sense for the long term retirement security of the public sector workers we represent and the taxpayers of Connecticut,” said Ron McLellan, President of the Connecticut Employees Union Independent (CEUI)/SEIU Local 511, representing 4,000 state employees, and a member of the State Employees Retirement Commission.

Highlights of the MOU include:

  • Reducing the assumed rate of return from 8 percent to 6.9 percent;
  • Transitioning from “level percent of payroll” to “level dollar” amortization over five years;
  • Moving to Entry Age Normal cost methodology;
  • Maintaining 2032 as the payoff date for the unfunded liability accrued through December 31, 1983; and
  • Extending the amortization period for the balance of the unfunded liability in a new 30-year period.

“We have been raising concerns since 2000 that the current level percent of payroll system insisted upon by then-Governor Rowland was not best way to assure stable and reliable pension funding,” said Stephen Greatorex, business manager of the 3,200-member Connecticut State University branch of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). “This agreement at last moves us to a funding system that does its job for the people of the state and the employees who serve them,” added Greatorex, also a member of SERC.

“Real pensions play an important role in Connecticut’s economy by supporting jobs and generating purchasing power in our communities,” said Sal Luciano, executive Director of Council 4 AFSCME, which represents 15,000 state employees. “This agreement is part of a larger policy imperative by our unions to create retirement security for all,” added Luciano, another of the union representatives who sits on SERC.

Because the MOU does not materially change any members’ retirement benefits or contributions, it was approved by the leaders of the 15 unions in the coalition:

  • Council 4 AFSCME;
  • New England Health Care Employees Union, District 1199/SEIU;
  • CEUI/SEIU Local 511;
  • AFT Connecticut;
  • CSEA/SEIU Local 2001;
  • Administrative and Residual Union (A&R), AFT;
  • Congress of CT Community Colleges (4Cs), SEIU Local 1973;
  • UConn-AAUP;
  • Judicial Professional Employees (JPE), AFT;
  • CSU-AAUP;
  • Connecticut Judicial Marshals/IPBO Local 731;
  • Connecticut Police and Fire Union, IUPA/IAFF;
  • UConn Health-AAUP
  • Connecticut Association of Prosecutors; &
  • AFSA Local 61.

December 9th, 2016

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  • The administration requested to meet informally with SEBAC Leaders, and that discussion occurred
  • The parties plan to meet informally again
  • Union leaders will brief their leadership bodies and negotiating committees.
  • Further briefings and information will be available if discussions continue.

November 23rd, 2016

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A diverse group of community, faith, civic and labor organizations on the weekend before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016 came together to reclaim the great civil rights leader’s vision. Over 300 people gathered at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Bloomfield for a forum design to promote greater democracy and end racial and economic inequality.

Attendees pledged to work together and hold elected and civic leaders accountable in five key policy areas. They include:
* good jobs and fair wages;
* universal access to quality public education;
* a vibrant and fairly funded public sector;
* racial, gender, and ethnic justice; and
* real democracy in our state and in our workplaces.

Follow Unity, Equality and Democracy Connecticut on Facebook to learn more and be part of the movement: https://www.facebook.com/UnityEqualit…

Music: Scotticesa Marks, https://www.youtube.com/user/sdmwassup

Videographer: Neal Thomassen, https://www.facebook.com/unionneal

January 27th, 2016

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SAVE THE DATE for this SEBAC-organized event! 

In Connecticut, where the middle class is shrinking, where huge corporations make billions in profits while paying workers less than $10 an hour, and Koch Brothers-funded front groups attack workers for having unions, where critical public services are repeatedly cut and the richest among us pay the lowest tax rates, and where unemployment for Black and Latino people is two to three times higher than for white people, there is a path forward.

More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated a powerful vision for Unity, Equality & Democracy – a vision that challenged us to fight for genuine equality – for racial justice and economic equality – and to strengthen our democracy. We want to ignite this call for justice within the hearts and minds of families and communities across our state. Join us on the Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend, January 16th, at 10am as we celebrate that vision and talk about concrete ways to move it closer to reality. Labor and Civil Rights — one movement for a better tomorrow (location: Bethel AME Church, 1154 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield).

 

December 21st, 2015

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You may have received an email recently from the State of Connecticut that reads as follows:

If you were an employee of the State of Connecticut as of November 17, 2002 and were a member of a bargaining unit designated as an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to the State Employee Collective Bargaining Act, you could get a payment from a proposed class action settlement. Please read the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement by clicking on the link below:

http://www.sgtlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/class-member-mail-noticefrequently-asked-questions.pdf

This e-mail is being sent from an unattended mailbox.  Please do not reply.  You may obtain a copy of the Settlement Agreement and any other documents relating to the proposed settlement by writing or calling Class Counsel at the contact information provided in Response 19 of the attached notice or by visiting the Class Counsel’s website www.sgtlaw.com/class-action-sebac-v-john-g-rowland or your state bargaining unit’s website.

Please also read this notice:

Update on Rowland Lawsuit

If 4Cs members have questions about this settlement, please refer to http://www.sgtlaw.com/class-action-sebac-v-john-g-rowland/ for contact information.

July 20th, 2015

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Our last e-news blast focused on the lengthy state budget process. Now, threats to our members’ employment exist, including the closing of the Meriden Center of Middlesex Community College. These threats are being made in response to the Governor’s PROPOSED budget. College Presidents are threatening our members because of instructions received from Dr. Gray.

Publicly, Dr. Gray and other system officials have blamed the cost of employees transferring from ARP to the Hybrid Plan as being a significant cost to the system. However, please read the attached letter from the SEBAC Attorney to the Chairs of the Appropriations Committee, explaining why this is NOT TRUE. The Comptroller reimburses the higher education institutions for the full cost of fringe benefits for employees paid out of the block grant (i.e. the Governor’s proposal).

We can feel neither comforted by, nor confident in, the leadership of President Gray. He remains focussed on his obviously failed Transform 2020 initiative. Further, we have learned that the System Office is withholding $40 million dollars of the Governor’s proposed block grant for the Community Colleges for itself. Dr. Gray is solving his own budget crisis – one that results from a bloated system office bureaucracy and his continued mismanagement – by forcing a budget crisis upon our colleges.

April 2nd, 2015

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Recently the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as “spouses” for purposes of federal law.  State Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced a special open enrollment period for state employees and retirees who wish to add a same-sex spouse to the State’s health plan and explained immediate changes in the federal tax treatment of health benefits provided to same-sex married couples.

>> Read the Comptroller’s Memo concerning the Special Open Enrollment

The Special Open Enrollment period will occur between July 9, 2013 and September 13, 2013 to give employees the opportunity to enroll a same-sex spouse for health benefit coverage. During this period, enrollment is limited to state employees and retirees who did not previously enroll their same sex spouse. Subscribers who fail to add a same-sex spouse partner during the Special Enrollment Period will not be permitted to add such persons until the annual Open Enrollment period for coverage effective July 1 of each year, or until a Qualifying Event such as a loss of coverage or life status change. The Subscriber must provide a copy of his or her marriage certificate at the time of enrollment.

For employees and retirees currently covering a same sex spouse under the state health plan, the Comptroller’s Office is working on adjusting premium shares from a post-tax to a pre-tax basis and modifying federal income and Social Security taxes year to date.

The IRS and the U.S. Department of Labor are expected to issue guidance concerning how the Supreme Court’s decision will affect the administration of some 1,000 federal laws.  It is presently unclear how the ruling will impact federal income tax returns filed in prior years or whether the IRS will establish specific procedures for same-sex couples to seek refunds based on filing status or payment of federal income and Social Security taxes on the imputed value health benefits to a same-sex spouse.

July 11th, 2013

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After nearly a decade, the Second Circuit Court’s opinion invalidating John Rowland’s layoff of nearly 3,000 state employees is a tremendous victory for the free speech rights of all Americans. The court held that when a governor punishes people because of the group to whom they belong – whether it’s a union or a political party, or a religion – he or she violates our Constitution’s most cherished provisions.

The case is now being remanded to the district court to craft appropriate equitable relief, and to consider the case for damages against the former governor.

The Second Circuit Court’s opinion shows that Rowland’s treatment of public service workers as the enemy is costly and destructive – to the workers and the vital public services they provide, and to every taxpayer.

Instead, it is mutual respect – for the law, for public service workers, and most importantly the public we all serve – which will move us forward towards a better future. Our country and state simply function better when top officials work with and for working families, instead of against them.

“It feels great to be vindicated by the appellate court,” said Denise Bouffard, a Support Enforcement Officer and plaintiff in the case who was illegally fired from the state in 2003. “I stepped forward because as a single parent I wanted to show my daughter that when you believe in something you have to stand up for what is right.” Denise is a member of Judicial Professional Employees Local 4200B.

“When John Rowland laid off nearly 3000 state workers it was a mean, vindictive act that was perpetuated by Jodi Rell, after Rowland went to prison,” said Marcelle Pichanick Groves, one of the named plaintiffs in the case. “Rell had many opportunities to make this right and thus mitigate the damages for our state’s tax payers.  Instead she chose to waste millions of taxpayer dollars fighting this lawsuit.  I thank the court for upholding the rights of workers.” Groves worked as a Management Analyst 2 for the Department of Environmental Protection when Rowland laid off 3,000 state employees including her. She now works for the State Department of Education as an Associate Account Examiner and is a member of A&R Local 4200.

Ultimately the Court’s decision is a welcome reminder to the John Rowlands of Connecticut, the Scott Walkers of Wisconsin and the Koch brothers of everywhere that in America it’s not just the powerful, the rich and the big corporations that have free speech rights.  Ordinary Americans, whether they work for the government, private industry or their corner drug store, have rights, too.

A copy of the decision can be found here: http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/3829bb26-7573-4307-b014-149c3c3a1ed0/3/doc/11-3061_opn.pdf

June 4th, 2013

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> Vision-Dental Signed Agreement(8/2012)
See the Agreement for Complete Reimbursement Information
Dental: Members enrolled in the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) are entitled to two annual dental cleanings at no cost. Some members chose dentists who are not in the network and those members may have been balance billed. There is now a process for getting reimbursed for those costs. (See the Agreement for the reimbursement process.) Effective July 1, 2012, HEP members must use network dentists to avoid balance billing.
Vision: HEP members are entitled to one vision screening every two years. Some members were erroneously charged a co-pay for their first vision screening between Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 1, 2012. The provider should reimburse these members. (See the Agreement for the reimbursement process.)

September 6th, 2012

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