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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

Posted In: Contract Negotiations, SEBAC

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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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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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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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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

Posted In: SEBAC

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District Office Name Towns
001 House Matt Ritter Hartford (part)
008 House Tom Currier Columbia, Coventry, Tolland (part), Vernon (part)
014 House Saud Anwar South Windsor (part)
015 House David Baram Bloomfield, Windsor (part)
022 House Betty Boukus New Britain (part), Plainville
024 House Rick Lopes New Britain (part), Newington (part)
026 House Peter Tercyak New Britain (part)
027 House Joshua Shulman Newington (part)
028 House Russ Morin Wethersfield (part)
030 House Joe Aresimowicz Berlin (part), Southington (part)
038 House Sharon Palmer Montville (part), Waterford
039 House Chris Soto New London (part)
040 House Christine Conley Groton (part), Ledyard (part)
041 House Joe de la Cruz Groton (part), New London (part)
044 House Christine Randall Killingly (part), Plainfield (part)
047 House Kate Donnelly Canterbury, Chaplin, Franklin, Hampton, Lisbon (part), Lebanon (part), Norwich (part), Scotland, Sprague
049 House Susan Johnson Windham (part)
053 House Susan Eastwood Ashford, Tolland (part), Willington
056 House Mike Winkler Vernon (part)
059 House Tony DiPace East Windsor (part), Enfield (part)
060 House Tim Curtis Windsor (part), Windsor Locks
065 House Michelle Cook Torrington (part)
072 House Larry Butler Waterbury (part)
073 House Jeff Berger Waterbury (part)
076 House Myrna Watanabe Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield (part), Thomaston
077 House Laura Bartok Bristol (part)
088 House Josh Elliott Hamden (part)
090 House Patrick Reynolds Cheshire (part), Wallingford (part)
099 House James Albis East Haven (part)
100 House Matt Lesser Middletown (part)
103 House Liz Linehan Cheshire (part), Southington (part), Wallingford (part)
105 House Theresa Conroy Beacon Falls, Derby (part), Seymour
106 House Eva Bermudez Zimmerman Newtown (part)
110 House Bob Godfrey Danbury (part)
117 House Sean Ronan Milford (part), Orange (part), West Haven (part)
118 House Kim Rose Milford (part)
137 House Chris Perone Norwalk (part)
138 House Jeff Tomchik Danbury (part), New Fairfield (part), Ridgefield (part)
146 House Terry Adams Stamford (part)
S06 Senate Terry Gerratana Berlin, Farmington (part), New Britain
S11 Senate Martin Looney Hamden (part), New Haven (part), North Haven (part)
S13 Senate Dante Bartolomeo Cheshire (part), Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown (part)
S16 Senate Ryan Rogers Cheshire (part), Prospect, Southington, Waterbury (part), Wolcott
S17 Senate Joe Crisco Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden (part), Naugatuck (part), Woodbridge (part)
S18 Senate Tim Bowles Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington, Voluntown
S19 Senate Cathy Osten Columbia, Franklin, Hebron, Lebanon, Ledyard, Lisbon, Marlborough, Montville (part), Norwich, Sprague
S20 Senate Ryan Henowitz Bozrah, East Lyme, Montville (part), New London, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook (part), Salem, Waterford
S22 Senate Marilyn Moore Bridgeport (part), Monroe (part), Trumbull
S23 Senate Ed Gomes Bridgeport (part), Stratford (part)
S24 Senate Kenneth Gucker Bethel (part), Danbury, New Fairfield, Sherman
S29 Senate Mae Flexer Brooklyn, Canterbury, Killingly, Mansfield, Putnam, Scotland, Thompson, Windham
S35 Senate Arlene Avery Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Ellington (part), Hampton, Pomfret, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington, Woodstock

“Paid for by the Congress of Community Colleges (the 4Cs).  This message was made independent of any candidate or political party. Information about the 4Cs may be found on the State Elections Enforcement Commission’s Internet web site.”

 

October 25th, 2016

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By Bob Reutenauer, 4Cs Organizer

Adjunct faculty members Robyn Brooks (Tunxis), Ray Esponda (Gateway), and 4Cs staff organizer Bob Reutenauer represented the 4Cs in early August at COCAL Conference at University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.

The Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor (COCAL) is a grassroots coalition of activists in North America working for contingent faculty: adjunct, part-time, non-tenured, and graduate teaching faculty. The conference is held every two years and this year was the 12th. The network works to improve higher education through the collective achievement of job security, livable wages, academic freedom, and time and resources for academic research and professional development for contingent academic laborers.

The 4Cs delegation joined 300 other contingent educators from all geographic regions of Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., including three adjuncts from CSU-AAUP. Faculty came from all levels of higher education, from public to private non-profit and for-profit institutions. COCAL is dedicated to alerting the broader community about the trends that undermine higher education by staging media events, improving legislation concerning higher education, and identifying colleagues at institutions and assisting them in forming collective bargaining units and negotiating strong contracts.

We all share the same angst with the corporatization of higher education. The precarious status of part-time faculty is global. No benefits, job security, equity, student debt, – a long litany of shared concerns. The most striking achievement of COCAL XII was the knowledge shared by our our Mexican colleagues about the extreme repression they face as unionists organizing to maintain livable wages and decent teaching and learning conditions. Like the Mexican government, the Canadian and USA governments push austerity measures and privatization that we actively oppose. Sometimes we win; sometimes we lose. But we have not been arrested, brutalized or even killed as faculty and student activists in Oaxaca were this year for doing exactly as we do— standing together for dignity and respect for ourselves and our profession.

The next COCAL conference will be in 2018, and planning is beginning now to hold the event in Mexico.

October 19th, 2016

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The 4Cs, AFT & AFSCME held a joint live streaming Membership Meeting on Friday, September 30 to update our memberships on the status of Contract Negotiations. If you were not able to join us live, you can view the video here.

October 3rd, 2016

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