State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)

New Courant Ad Asks for Budget Fairness

Hartford - The American Federation of Teachers and AFT Connecticut call on Gov. Dannel Malloy and the state legislature to ask the richest residents to pay their fair share of taxes to avert budget cuts that would hurt virtually all Connecticut families.
 
"Connecticut doesn't have a budget problem. Connecticut has a fairness problem," says a full-page ad in The Courant today, purchased by the AFT and AFT Connecticut.
 
Click here to view the ad.
 

Reaction to Governor Malloy's Proposed Public Service Cuts

Leaders of unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) made the following remarks today in response to state budget proposals released by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy:
 

Court Hearing Set for Rowland Layoffs Settlement

State employee union members are receiving updates about the proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit against former Governor John Rowland at their homes and in their workplaces. Notices announcing a hearing on the settlement's final approval has been set for October 1 at the U.S. District Court in Hartford are being distributed to members employed since 2002.
 
Click here to access the latest worksite notice.
 

Spotlight: Judicial Branch Court Support Services Professionals

Each year in mid-July the professionals who provide vital pretrial, probation and parole supervision services are recognized for their efforts to keep our nation's communities safe and stable. Here in Connecticut it's an opportunity to spotlight union members who believe their mission is not just to ensure criminal and juvenile justice but to "act as agents of change."
 

Rowland Layoffs Class Action Update

Now that the legislature has approved the settlement in the lawsuit over former Governor John Rowland’s illegal layoffs in 2003 it is important to identify all impacted state workers. The attorneys representing the lead plaintiffs and the coalition of Connecticut state employee unions last fall mailed questionnaires to affected state workers to begin the process. Union members who did not complete it can still do so.
 
Click here for the questionnaire.
 

Settlement in Lawsuit Over Illegal Layoffs

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit against former Governor John Rowland for retaliating against union members with job cuts in 2003 today announced a settlement after nearly 12 years of litigation. The agreement is a testament to the courage and tenacity of workers who stood up for the rights of free speech not just themselves but for all of us.
 
Click here for the state unions coalition's press statement.
 

Comments on GOP Legislators' Alternative State Budget

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks in response to state budget proposals announced today by Republican legislative leaders:
 

Is There a Public Sector Retirement Crisis?

A panel of nationally known experts on pensions -- particularly, on retirement plans for public employees -- gathered this week at AFT's national headquarters to debate the question of whether there is a pension crisis in the country. The event was the latest installment in the Reclaiming the Promise of Public Education Conversation Series, sponsored by the AFT and the Albert Shanker Institute.
 
Click here to watch the introduction to the March 11 event.
 

Career Technical Education: Leading by Example

Excellent career and technical education (CTE) programs are an irreplaceable bridge from high school to productive middle-class lives for many students, and Congress must recognize that fact by placing excellent CTE at the heart of its overall strategy for schools. That is the message an AFT Connecticut union leader delivered last week to a U.S. Senate panel in Washington, D.C.
 

Anthem Insurance Security Breach

A massive cyber attack of health insurance plan provider Anthem reported last week has the potential to impact nearly 200,000 active and retired state employees and their families. According to the company, hackers obtained access to personal information from current and former customers such as names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street and email addresses, as well as employment and income data.
 
Click here for Anthem's website for customers' questions on the breach.
 
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