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

Posted In: Uncategorized


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

Posted In: Uncategorized


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

Posted In: Uncategorized



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

Posted In: 4Cs Budget



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!


March 8th, 2017

Posted In: Political Action



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

Posted In: CCP, Willis



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!


January 5th, 2017

Posted In: Part-Timers, Uncategorized, Unions



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;
  • 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

Posted In: SEBAC



The semester is back in gear, pumpkin spice is all around you, and it’s officially election season! Higher education has traditionally received minimal attention during campaign season but this election cycle has witnessed sweeping proposals; higher ed has become a leading issue on campaign trails this year.

Candidates are out to earn YOUR vote, so it’s an important time to have legislators hear your priorities. When you meet legislators at events or they have knocked on your door, it’s an opportunity to ask them about the issues you care about like community college funding or debt-free higher education.

4Cs Bryan Bonina signs the pledge to be a Higher Education Voter!

Our parent union, SEIU, is launching GOTV U, led by higher education employees organizing under the banner Faculty Forward to bring faculty, staff, and students to the polls. Historically, campus turnout has been critical to candidates’ ability to win, with many crediting President Obama’s 2012 win to college turnout.

Join the 4Cs and other faculty, staff, students, and parents across the nation in pledging to be a higher education voter. What does it mean to #VoteHigher? We’re standing together and voting for candidates who will join the fight for quality, accessible higher education; help students graduate free of debt; and pay campus staff a minimum of $15/hour.


4Cs organizers will have pledge cards at chapter meetings and at other chapter events through elections. But you don’t have to wait to see one of the organizers in person; you can sign the pledge online here.

If you are active in politics, you know that GOTV stands for Get Out the Vote and the U signifies universities or colleges. (But also everything becomes an acronym now because of Twitter so you can Tweet #GOTVU and still have 134 characters left).

Join us in making higher education a powerful voice in this year’s elections, from local and state elections to the race for President!

September 15th, 2016

Posted In: Blog, Political Action, SEIU



This Thursday, September 8, the 4Cs and our D.U.E. Justice –D.U.E. stands for Democracy, Unity, and Equality– partners are joining together to hear Rev. Dr. Barber of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Monday Movement. The D.U.E. Justice is calling for collective action on 5 key issue areas needed to turn our state around, and to hold our political leaders accountable for their efforts and commitments in those areas. Those 5 issue areas are:

  • Good Jobs and Fair Wages
  • Universal Access to Quality Public Education, Preschool to Grad School,
  • A Vibrant and Fairly Funded Public Sector,
  • Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Justice,
  • Democracy in our State and in Our Work Places.

Rev. Dr. Barber is an inspiring speaker who has given speeches at some high profile labor and democratic events in the past few months. I witnessed him firsthand speaking at the SEIU Convention, heard him on television at the DNC, and saw video of his speech at the Fight for $15 Convention.


Rev., Dr. Barber speaks at the Democratic National Convention

While I’m excited to be inspired again by Rev. Dr. Barber, I’m not just going to hear him speak.

I’m attending on Thursday because of an incident that really bothered me over the summer. I was a passenger with my sister and a close friend in a taxi coming home at the beginning of the summer. An irate driver not only tried to drive our cab off the road, but when he stopped next to us at a red light, he called our taxi driver the N word and physically started punching the cab with his fist. This happened in my town, less than two miles from my house.


It’s been several months since this incident took place but it still bothers me. It bothers me that someone who likely lives in my town used this hateful language against another human being. It bothers me that my taxi driver was able to remain calm, most likely because this was not the first time this hateful language was thrown at him and sadly because he didn’t want to risk losing his tip. But more than anything, it bothered me that I stayed silent during the exchange.

I am a white woman raised in liberal Massachusetts. I understand that racism still exists, but despite being 40 years old, this is the first time someone used the N-word in my presence.

Yes, the man who used the hateful word was bigger than me, angry, and clearly prone to violence. I did not want to escalate the situation. After the incident, we apologized to our taxi driver – embarrassed and angry that someone would use such hateful language towards him. He appreciated our kindness but simply shrugged off the incident.

I cannot shrug off the incident. Rather that trying to find peace or solace in the excuse of not wanting to escalate things, I’m going to use this incident as motivation to break my silence and use my voice. Therefore, I’m not just going to listen to Rev. Dr. Barber speak – I’m going to join with the thousand others to speak out on the issues important to us.

Whether your issue is fair wages for adjuncts and EAs, fairly funded public higher education, Black Lives Matters, women’s equality, all of the above, or other issues, I hope you consider joining me on Thursday, September 8 at Take Back CT! The event is taking place in the Welte Theatre at Central Connecticut State University (directions here; campus map here) at 6:30pm. Join us and use your voice for change!

September 6th, 2016

Posted In: Blog, D.U.E. Justice, Events, Political Action, Uncategorized


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