SEBAC

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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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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As you know, the 4Cs and SEBAC have reached Tentative Agreements on wages, benefits, and working conditions. This email is to inform you that voting on these agreements will take place from July 1 through July 14. All 4Cs members will have a vote on two issues:
  1. 4Cs Contract Vote for issues such as wages and working conditions and language changes
  2. SEBAC Vote for retirement and healthcare
Detailed information on both agreements is available on the 4Cs website. Look under “Issues” for either the SEBAC 2017 or 4Cs Contract Negotiations.
SEBAC leaders are recommending a YES vote on both the SEBAC and individual bargaining unit Tentative Agreements. Further, the 4Cs Delegate Assembly has recommended approval of the 4Cs Tentative Agreement. It is clear that the gains all unions have made in the past are at significant risk. Voting yes on these agreements provide a level of security for members, our families, co-workers and those we serve in a time of great uncertainty.
What do ‘No’ votes mean? If you vote no on the 4Cs Contract, we will likely have to go to arbitration for wages and other economic issues and NO job security. It is likely that the General Assembly would vote down any contract or arbitrated award that includes raises. If you vote no on the SEBAC Agreement, there is a real possibility of losing collective bargaining after the current SEBAC Agreement expires in 2022 and no individual contracts.
We urge all of our members to vote on this important issue. A letter is being mailed to all members with your voting credentials, but you don’t have to wait to vote. To vote now:
  1. Please visit https://eballot4.votenet.com/seiu1973/.
  2. Enter your Last Name
  3. Enter your State Employee ID number (a six digit number found on your pay stub) as your password
  4. Mark your ballot
  5. Confirm your selections and click “submit.”

The vote will be open through July 14. Please remember that only dues-paying members are allowed to vote (which requires that you have signed a membership form). If you are unsure of your status, please contact the 4Cs office at 860.296.5172. If you wish to change your membership status, you can fill out a membership form online here.

Once the membership voting process has completed on July 14, and if all agreements 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.

If you have any questions or any problems logging in to vote, please call the office at 860.296.5172.

July 13th, 2017

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During the last hours of the 2017 regular legislative session, Republicans threatened collective bargaining rights for all state employees. They have also voiced their opposition to the SEBAC Agreement, arguing that it doesn’t go far enough.
Many of the same individuals will be holding a public budget forum on Tuesday, July 11th at 2 PM in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
The 4Cs is encouraging our members to come to the State Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to show our solidarity and support for collective bargaining.
If you are interested in participating, please email ellen@the4cs.org for more details.

July 9th, 2017

Posted In: Collective Bargaining, SEBAC, Unions

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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

Posted In: Contract Negotiations, SEBAC

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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

Posted In: Contract, Contract Negotiations, SEBAC

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The 4Cs Delegate Assembly met on Saturday, June 3 to discuss the SEBAC framework. This PowerPoint presentation was shared, along with all of the Q&A’s created by SEBAC thus far, including a new one on “Next Steps.”
Information already shared:

June 5th, 2017

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Are you thinking about retiring within the next few years? This SEBAC Q&A for Future Retirees may be able to answer some questions you have.
Updates will be posted to our webpage as they are made available; you can find them here.
Please note that 4Cs continues to bargain on the full-time and part-time contracts.
Please feel free to continue asking questions by email to the 4Cs. While we may not answer all questions immediately, it will help us develop more Q&As and presentations that help you to understand the SEBAC framework.
Information already shared:

June 1st, 2017

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