Public Employees

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. The coalition was recognized in 1986 to negotiate healthcare and retirement security, which impacts individual unions' active members, as well as retirees.
 
Leaders of unions representing municipal, public school and state employees have since January, 2019 met with senior representatives of the Lamont Administration to address budgetary and service delivery issues. Further concessions have remained off the table during these discussions.
 
An agreement was in mid July reached that will help stabilize state pensions and ensure obligations to current and future retirees are fully funded.
 
Click here for a coalition update and signed memorandum (Jul., 2019).
 
Click here for our update on recent Lamont Administration meetings (Jun., 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).
 
Click here for the signed SEBAC 2017 agreement (Jun., 2017).

Working Together to Protect Retirement Security

A small group of leaders representing several public sector unions in mid January sat down with Governor Ned Lamont and members of his new administration. The purpose of the informal meeting was to explore potential efforts to further safeguard pensions for state employees and shore up retirement funding for teachers. The discussion followed Lamont's frequent assertions last year as a candidate to treat working people — particularly, union members — in Connecticut with "fairness, dignity and respect."
 

Winning in 2018, Overcoming in 2019

As we begin a new year, questions remain about the direction for Connecticut and the country. What is not in question is the direction of our union and our labor movement. That's because the "roadmap" state federation leaders adopted in 2017 and which inspired many local affiliates' strategic plans in 2018 are firmly rooted in common guiding principles. Collectively, they demonstrate that the "U & I in Union" assures that when we stand together, we are strong.
 

Standing Up to the State Employee "Blame Game"

Last month on Election Day the candidates for statewide office and the legislature who pledged to stand up for Connecticut's working families won big. Yet corporate lobbyists and their front groups continue pushing austerity policies that benefit big business and the ultra-rich ahead of the opening of the General Assembly's 2019 session. Union leaders are mobilizing to ensure the new Lamont Administration and incoming lawmakers make better choices than more middle-class givebacks or additional public service cuts.
 

Proving "Our Determination" at the Negotiating Table

Members of five AFT Connecticut-affiliated local unions have over the past three months secured new contracts that raise wages, protect benefits, secure jobs and improve working conditions. While each individual agreement represents significant progress for working people, two in particular demonstrate the power of collective action. Both are the product of members engaged in local political and legislative action that positively impacted talks with their employers.
 
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