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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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Are you a full-time, non-teaching professional whose job duties have changed? If so, please be advised that the Willis process of job evaluation is beginning now.

What is the Willis process? It is mutually agreed upon evaluation process by the union and management, named “Willis” after the consulting firm that created it. The process assesses the knowledge, skills, mental demands, and accountability required of the position and places the job at an appropriate pay grade.

The process is NOT about the quality of an employee’s work or the amount of work assigned to an employee. The grade placement process assesses whether an employee’s job has changed enough – the standard used is “sufficiently substantial” – to move the positon to a different pay grade. In the case of a new position, after the employee has performed the duties of the job at least six months, the process is used to confirm the grade placement was correct.

How does the Willis process work? You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire. This questionnaire will be evaluated by the Rating Committee, a six-member committee composed of three members from the 4Cs and AFSCME unions and three members from management, along with expert consultants. The employee’s identity is not known by the Committee or the consultants.

The methodology used to evaluate a job is a point-based system. Answers on the questionnaire receive points that are added to achieve a point total. Pay grades are assigned by the point totals.

Several results are possible: (1) the position may not be reclassified, (2) the position may be reclassified to a new grade that is greater than the current grade, or (3) the position may be reclassified to a new grade that is lower than the current grade, however the incumbent employee is left in their current pay grade. The final decision, by agreement, rests with the employer.

How do you make a claim? Fill out the Change of Duties Worksheet. For each of the six criteria, either state “no change” or list the duties added; there need not be change in every area. Please include a copy of your current job description. The goal of the worksheet is to determine whether enough change has occurred that the Union should seek a formal review of your job. Further review will require you to fill a more lengthy and detailed questionnaire.

Submit the worksheet and job description to info@the4cs.org or fax to 860.296.6219 by February 24, 2017.

February 15th, 2017

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See the full agenda here!

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January 9th, 2017

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The University of Hartford adjuncts voted to join the Congress of Connecticut Community Colleges and SEIU Faculty Forward, marking the first successful effort by adjuncts at a private university in Connecticut!

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January 5th, 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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