Public Employees

Note - updates on the impact of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak on members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) will be linked here.
 
Click here for the latest state agency guidance on absences, telework and work schedules (Oct. 29, 2020).
 
Click here for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS)' "Q&A" on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (Sep. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for our coalition’s "Q&A" on state employee open enrollment plan choices (Sep. 4, 2020).
 
Click here for our "Q&A" on quarantine and illness policies (Aug. 25, 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
 
Click here for the coalition's agreement with the Lamont Administration on mandatory COVID-19 testing (Jun. 15, 2020).
 
Click here for the coalition’s agreement with the administration on returning to work (Jun. 15, 2020).
 
Click here for the coalition's update on protecting members' gains (Jun. 9, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's webinar on safely "reopening" (Jun. 3, 2020).
 
Click here to respond to lawmakers' attempts to exploit the pandemic to undermine union contracts (May 12, 2020). *
 
Click here for the coalition update on leaders' May 5 meeting with the Lamont Administration (May 9, 2020).
 
Click here for the coalition's response to a legislative leader's push for more givebacks (Apr. 23,2020).
 
Click here for the official Judicial Branch website's COVID-19 updates page (Apr. 6, 2020).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for public employees (Mar. 21, 2020).
 
Click here to watch a video message on keeping state employees healthy (Mar. 20, 2020).
 
Click here for the official state COVID-19 website's state employees resources page (Mar. 19, 2020).
 
* Targets lawmakers in the State House of Representatives’ Republican caucus.
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AFT Connecticut represents thousands working in the state's executive and judicial branches, career and technical education system, colleges and universities, as well as for several local municipalities. Our federation is also part of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), which serves to unite all 15 unions representing approximately 40,000 full and part-time Connecticut state workers.
 
Click here for a report on shoring up the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) (Jul., 2019).
 
Click here for updates on the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit settlement (Mar., 2019).
 
Click here for our report on adoption of the SEBAC 2017 agreement (Jun., 2017).

Winning Hassle-Free Workers' Comp for "Frontline Heroes”

Union activists in late July last month scored a major victory in the fight to protect “essential" employees recovering after contracting COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) on the job. Governor Ned Lamont on July 24 issued an executive order establishing a workers' compensation “presumption" for those sickened during their service on the frontline of the pandemic. The action followed months of pressure coordinated by the state’s labor movement and which engaged members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions.
 
Click here for the official executive order. 
 

Reminding Politicians Union Members Already "Saved the State Billions"

The news media last week thrust state employees' contractual benefits into the spotlight following Governor Ned Lamont's public remarks at his daily COVD-19 (novel coronavirus) briefing. His comments further renewed attempts by Republican legislators to push for unlawfully breaking collective bargaining agreements. Elected officials have clearly forgotten the significant labor savings already shoring up the state budget — and must adopt better policy choices than more concessions from union households.
 

Comments on Protests for Justice Following Murder of George Floyd

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel today made the following public remarks in response to demonstrations across the state and country demanding accountability for last week’s police killing in Minneapolis:
 

Demanding Lawmakers "Lift Up Working Families"

Connecticut's labor movement has been laser-focused on protecting working people since COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) began wreaking havoc as a full-blown global pandemic. The priority has been meeting the needs of those serving on the frontlines — health professionals, first responders and public safety professionals. At the same time, union leaders are teaming up for action aimed at preserving the livelihoods of working people facing layoffs, furloughs, reduced hours and shutdowns.
 
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