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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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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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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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