State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)

State Employees Defend a Voice for All Working People

Thousands of union members last week packed the Legislative Office Building (LOB) in Hartford to express their opposition to a dozen bills threatening a voice for all working people. The legislation — all sponsored by Republican lawmakers — drew condemnation from a diverse cross-section of the state's labor movement. Public employees in particular turned out in force to denounce the most egregious proposals jeopardizing their fundamental collective bargaining rights.
 
Click here for press reporting on the legislative hearing.
 

Time to be "All In" for Better Choices at the Capitol

The governor in his annual state budget address today presented numerous proposals that will have significant implications for every one of our union members and their families. His plan to close shortfalls in the 2018-19 fiscal year won't just impact teachers and classroom aides, higher education faculty, nurses and caregivers, probation officers and revenue collectors. Students, patients and all who depend on our members will also feel the effects of funding changes and cuts for vital state and local public health, education, and safety services.
 
Click here for the governor's full speech to the General Assembly.
 

Raising Our Voices Together in 2017

Everyone in Connecticut will be impacted by the issues raised today at the Capitol in Hartford in Governor Dannel P. Malloy's annual "State of the State" speech. For our union members who provide education, health, safety, and other vital public services that depend on lawmakers to adequately fund them, his words carried particular resonance. That's because the budget the governor proposes next month will have significant consequences for their students, their patients and their communities.
 
Click here for the governor's full speech.
 

Public Sector Compensation Myths Debunked

A respected non-partisan research organization has exposed a deceptive attack on Connecticut public employees designed to diminish the effectiveness of the vital services they deliver. An Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study released last week discredits oft-repeated claims by anti-union special interests that public-sector workers in Connecticut are “overcompensated."
 
Click here for the study.
 

Agreement Reached to Shore Up State Employees' Retirement Security

Representatives of the 15 unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) yesterday reached agreement with the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy 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 the signed memorandum of understanding (MOU).
 

Assistant Attorneys General Unite for a "Voice and a Seat at the Table"

Hartford - Assistant attorneys general (AAGs) by a nearly 2-to-1 margin have voted in favor of union representation in an election overseen by the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR). The ballots cast by the bargaining unit of 179 legal professionals employed by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) were counted yesterday following two weeks of voting by mail.
 

The True Meaning of the So-Called "Pathway to Sustainability"

Connecticut House Republicans last week released a "Five Point Plan for a Pathway to Sustainability" during a press conference launching their 2016 legislative election campaign. Its wonky, vaguely-worded language avoids the true impact of their proposals — so leaders of our state employee unions coalition took the liberty of uncovering and exposing the plan's truths. 
 
Click here for an annotated version of the House GOP plan.
 

Attorneys Organize for a More Stable, Secure Future

The week before Labor Day, assistant attorneys general (AAGs) and public defenders (PDs) filed petitions for union representation with the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR). Approximately 200 AAGs in the Office of the Attorney General have recently begun organizing with AFT Connecticut's assistance. At the same time, approximately 172 PDs with the Division of Public Defender Services have united with Council 4 AFSCME's help.
 

Spotlight: Retirees Demonstrate "Senior" Activism

Retired members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions do not fit easily into popular, preconceived notions of life after employment; particularly those who remain engaged in the labor movement. Tomorrow is National Senior Citizens Day, and we're taking time to spotlight a few who not only defy stereotypes, but who exemplify "seniority" in both knowledge and experience.
 

Spotlight: Connecticut State Employees, Part II

Last month's union member spotlight featured three public employees concerned about the devastating impacts of a proposed austerity state budget then under consideration by lawmakers. A package that makes deep cuts to vital public services has since been passed by the legislature signed into law by the governor. This month we sat down with three of their colleagues to learn more about the challenges facing a state workforce under increased pressure and operating with reduced resources.
 
Click here for our previous post spotlighting Connecticut state employees.
 
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