State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)

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.
 

State Workers to Expand Wellness Program, Build on "Collaboration" to Achieve Savings

Hartford - Connecticut public service professionals today announced efforts to expand the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) to the state's municipalities and school districts through public education and engagement of local elected officials. A $25,000.00 "Solution-Driven Unionism" grant awarded in October by AFT to their Connecticut affiliate in recognition of the innovative employee wellness plan will help fund the campaign. The goal is to empower communities across Connecticut to model the negotiations between the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy that produced the HEP. 
 

AFT Connecticut Wins National AFT Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

Rocky Hill - The American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut affiliate has won the national union’s inaugural Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism for its work in protecting the jobs and benefits of state workers, while saving the state a projected $1.6 billion, AFT President Randi Weingarten announced today.
 
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