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November 5th, 2018

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The BOR has shared the professional development allocations for each campus for the current 2018-19 academic year, which follows in the table. Please note that some colleges had previously announced incorrect amounts. The amounts below were agreed to earlier this week.

 Asnuntuck  $69,249
 Capital  $82,255
 Gateway  $176,812
 Housatonic  $148,340
 Manchester  $181,031
 Middlesex  $78,388
 Naugatuck Valley  $169,431
 Northwestern  $46,752
 Norwalk  $117,055
 Quinebaug Valley  $52,376
 Three Rivers  $84,012
 Tunxis  $125,140

There were two Memorandum of Agreements signed by the BOR and 4Cs in relation to Professional Development:

  • MOA regarding the allocations. The MOA lists the allocations for the colleges and the figures of how the per capita amounts were determined. Further, if there are unobligated funds for professional development at one or more colleges, the aggregate balance will be redistributed to colleges with unmet professional development needs. Only after redistribution will residual funds be returned to the BOR.
  • MOA regarding the maximum allotments. The MOA covers 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21; the 2018-19 limits are shared below. The amounts are per semester and please note that conferences and coursework cannot both be used in one semester.

Professional Development SEMESTER Maximums

2018-2019        Full-time        Part-time

Coursework……$3400……….$1200

Conferences…..$2250………..$900

Memberships….$550…………$225

November 1st, 2018

Posted In: Contract, Professional Development

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If you were a participant in the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) as of September 2010, you should have received a letter from the Retirement Division with regard to the SEBAC ARP Grievance Award. All employees who received the letter will need to complete the SEBAC ARP Grievance Award transfer form (CO-994a), regardless of electing to transfer or not. Other helpful information, links and FAQs can be found here.

October 9th, 2018

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SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on the newly-proposed public charge rule that would make it impossible for working people and low-income immigrants who participate in healthcare and social services programs to receive a green card:

“This proposed rule goes against who we are as Americans. We are a nation that welcomes immigrants, rescues refugees and aspires to treat people equally regardless of creed, color, or where they come from.

“If this proposal is finalized, it could force families to forego needed healthcare or go hungry or become homeless in exchange for the opportunity of becoming a green card holder in the future. Parents will have to choose between taking their children to the doctor or being able to watch their children grow and remain together as a family. It’s unconscionable to force this decision on people who are trying to build a better life at the same time that hundreds of children fleeing persecution have been forcibly separated from their parents.

“This will have lasting consequences not just on the well-being of working families, but also the communities in which they live. Immigrants pay city, county, state and federal taxes that contribute to their communities, and finance healthcare and social service programs. If they are driven into the shadows or out of this country, everyone will suffer.

“SEIU members are standing strong in our union to stand up and fight back. We are fighting for our nation’s soul and to protect immigrant communities across the country. “President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have the power to do the right thing. If they don’t, we will hold them accountable for standing in the way of immigrant families and turning their back on working people.”

The 4Cs will be sharing more information about the public charge rule when the public comment period opens.

October 1st, 2018

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Through your Connecticut healthcare benefits, you can now compare costs for medical services and earn cash rewards for being a “smart shopper.”

Register by visiting VitalsSmartShopper.com or call 1.844.328.1579. When your doctor recommends a medical procedure (i.e., colonoscopy, mammogram, surgery), visit the website or call to search for a high quality, lower cost option in your area. You can verify the amount of the cash reward and 4-6 weeks after the procedure, you will receive a check in the mail. 

This program allows you to be informed about the costs of your procedures and you benefit from the savings if you make a more cost-effective choice. 

September 20th, 2018

Posted In: Healthcare, SEBAC

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On Saturday, September 15, 4Cs Chapter Chairs and Delegates were invited to attend a meeting to discuss better ways to engage new members! Ideas were exchanged, tools were previewed, and challenges were discussed. 

We will be implementing new ideas throughout the year!

September 15th, 2018

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Just a reminder to part-time faculty that if your course was canceled and assigned to a full-time faculty member within seven days prior to the first day of classes, you should be paid $300, as noted in the 6/7/17 Tentative Agreement.

September 13th, 2018

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The BOR May meeting is now available for viewing at http://ct-n.com/ctnplayer.asp?odID=15289.
A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to discussion of the consolidation. As described by NBC Connecticut, “Despite some calling it a failure, Ojakian said he will continue to move forward with Student First.
He said he doesn’t believe the details in the plan were rejected but rather the timeline and path to implement the changes need work.
He admitted the path forward might take longer than expected.
He said he plans to meet with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges again and present the board with a more detailed proposal in June. He said that he expects work over the next year on ways to implement it and that students will not see any changes this fall” (https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Faculty-Takes-Board-of-Regents-to-Task-Over-College-Consolidation-Plan-482299981.html).
More coverage of the meeting and the opposition to Students First can be found below.

Community Colleges: A Resource Worthy of State Investment (Opinion)

May 17th, 2018

Posted In: BOR, Consolidation

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BOR is meeting this morning for its May meeting. CT-N is scheduled to film the meeting, so it will be available for viewing later this week at http://ct-n.com. You can find the agenda here.
Late in the session, several amendments were filed by members of the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee, notably Rep. Haddad, Sen. Bye, and Sen. Flexor, requiring the Board of Regents to hold public hearings if they recommend closing any college and the General Assembly would retain the right to reject the closure plan (read amendment here). While the amendments did not go through, it is likely that they will return as legislation next session.

May 10th, 2018

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As you may have heard, the 2018 legislative session ended at midnight. Democrats and Republicans were able to put forth a bipartisan $20.86 billion budget that was approved and is now on the Governor’s desk. The Senate passed the budget 36-0 and the House passed it 142-8.

Community Colleges

The Community Colleges are facing a $6 million cut to its block grant. The System was able to secure $16 million for the fringe benefits of its employees (of $22 million needed), but we do not know the effect yet of the $6 million cut on overall system operations. More information will be known in the days ahead.
There was some momentum on the part of the Higher Education Committee to restrict the Board of Regents rights to close colleges. (See next article on Consolidation for more information).
Collective Bargaining
The package does not include several major changes sought by Republicans to collective bargaining rules regarding state and municipal employees. But as stated below, they plan to raise these proposals again.
The collective bargaining rules sought “included:
  • Ending collective bargaining for retirement benefits after the current contract expires in mid-2027, leaving all of these matters to be resolved solely by the legislature.
  • Removing overtime from pension calculations.
  • Suspending cost-of-living adjustments to pensions for retirees who become vested after mid-2027 until the system holds enough assets to cover 80 percent of pension obligations. The funded ratio currently stands at less than 40 percent.
“We’re not going to let that be the deal-breaker” Fasano said during a press conference a few hours before the Senate’s budget debate. But he added that Republicans still feel strongly about these issues and expect to raise them again in future years” (CT Mirror).

May 10th, 2018

Posted In: Political Action, State Budget

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