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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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The 4Cs Contract Negotiations are complete and our union coalition with AFSCME and AFT have reached a Tentative Agreement with the BOR.
This has been a long process that began in December 2015.
The Delegate Assembly met on Saturday to discuss the 4Cs Contract Negotiations and voted to endorse the changes.

June 29th, 2017

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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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The Yale University Graduate Students in Unite HERE held a massive action on Monday, May 22, beginning at 8:30am in New Haven.
As you may know, the Yale Graduate Students have formed a union and the Administration is delaying going to the bargaining table.
Unite HERE and the Yale Graduate Students have been supportive of the 4Cs organizing effort at the University of New Haven and in return, we have stopped by a number of their actions, including the May 22 action at Yale graduation.

May 23rd, 2017

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Recent budget scenarios have proposed cuts for the Community Colleges ranging from $19-$90 million. Cuts of this magnitude go well beyond the savings targets that have been planned for the Board of Regents. There has even been a recent communication from President Ojakian that states they may have to revisit drastic proposals such as closing a campus.
We are asking all of our members to contact their legislators and let them know how these cuts will negatively impact our Community Colleges. If you fill in your home address at http://the4cs.seiu.org/page/speakout/state-budget, the 4Cs has provided a draft email (editable) that can be sent directly to your legislators.
Please take action and contact your legislators to ask them to oppose these proposed cuts!

May 23rd, 2017

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The Elections Committee, along with the candidates, met last Friday at the 4Cs office to validate the election results.
The election drew more than 20% of the membership of 3,053 eligible to vote. The new term began on May 5th.
Congratulations to President Bryan Bonina, Treasurer Tony Scott, Secretary Steve Krevisky and Diversity Officer Bill Foster —  all of whom ran unopposed.
Vice President For Faculty
Lorraine Li         367  X
Cindy Casper    211
Vice President for CCPs
Maureen Chalmers      301 X
Eileen Rhodes               269
Vice Presidents PT Faculty (2)
Merja Lehtinen   215  X
Ramon Esponda  269 X
Sadia Babar      170
John Mueller      159
Membership Officer 
Trent Wright    286 X
Kevin Skee     280
On behalf of the Congress’ elections committee – John McNamara, David Welsh, Robert Lavin and Minati Roychoudhari – thank you to all candidates for stepping up to run for statewide leadership.  Your involvement keeps our union democratic and stronger.

May 7th, 2017

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Join us on Saturday, April 22 for a 4Cs conference from 10am-2pm at Middlesex Community College that will address issues each part-time educator faces in long-term professional development (view agenda). Free of charge with breakfast and lunch included.
Advanced registration is preferred (here).

April 21st, 2017

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The 4Cs Finance Committee presented three preliminary budget alternatives for the Delegate Assembly and our members to consider. The preliminary budgets represent income reductions of 5%, 7%, and 10%.

The budget is presented in a format with three alternatives because the State Budget is unsettled. The Governor’s budget assumes savings in healthcare and pension benefits and threatens layoffs if these savings are not realized. The dues income reductions are estimates based on reductions in our membership due to unusually large retirements and or layoffs and the drop in membership dues that would result. It is also important to note that there are reserves that will cover the shortfall for any adopted budget.

Please see the attached and contact your chapter representatives  before they vote on April 8.

March 23rd, 2017

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We Need YOUR Participation

Our members are facing many challenges and need YOU to help. The time is now to resist and protect our system of higher education. 

The 4Cs will be holding a joint Lobby Day with CSU-AAUP and UConn-AAUP to Reclaim Public Higher Education on Friday, March 31 from 9am-1pm. Sign up here!

It is crucial that we have a strong showing at the Legislative Office Building on March 31 – including faculty, staff, and students. It’s time to Reclaim Public Higher Education!

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March 8th, 2017

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In accordance with Article VII, Section 3 of the 4cs Constitution nominations are invited for statewide officers, including:

  • President
  • Secretary,
  • Vice President from teaching faculty
  • Vice President from community college professionals (CCP)
  • Two (2) vice presidents from part-time members
  • Treasurer
  • Diversity Officer
  • Membership Officer

The duties and responsibilities of all statewide officers are described in Article VII, Section 1 of the Constitution.   Statewide officers serve two-year terms.

Statewide Election Schedule:

Friday, March 3: Submit your nomination via email to   info@the4cs.org by Friday, March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Include name, college and office sought.

Saturday, March 4: Additional nominations may be made for statewide offices at the Delegate Assembly meeting.  At the end of the assembly meeting nominations will be closed. (Article VII, Sec. 4)

Friday March 24:  Deadline for candidate biographical information forms and photos to be submitted.

Friday, March 31: Postcard and electronic notification sent to all members (via work email and home addresses) announcing URL link for voting and how to view candidate information.

Monday April 3: Election website and online voting open. Notification sent to college emails announcing start of election.

Thursday April 20: Close of voting at 11:59 p.m.

Friday April 21: Elections committee decides upon any challenges and certifies results in accordance with DOL standards.

The term of office for statewide officers begins the first Friday in May (May 5)

 

Protection of Election Rights (Article VII, Sec. 8)

a)      Members shall have at least fifteen (15) days from the date that

ballots are available to submit their ballots.

b) There shall be no discrimination for or against any candidate for

office with respect to the use of the membership lists or in the

distribution of campaign literature by the Congress.

c) All candidates shall have the right to be present or have a

designated observer at any ballot counting.

d) The Delegate Assembly shall approve appropriate safeguards

and procedures for each election to guarantee a fair election and

to receive challenges.

e) The vote count shall indicate the vote for each candidate by

respective college and the vote total.

f) No union funds shall be expended to support the particular

candidacy of anyone for Congress office.

 

Please note: In determining eligibility to vote in statewide elections or to serve in

Elected office, part-timers who join the 4Cs shall be considered

Members  for the entire academic year, even if they only teach in one

semester.  Deadline for becoming a member for voting eligibility will be April 3, 2017.

 

On behalf of the elections committee,

John McNamara, Chair

February 28th, 2017

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