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 coalition's agreement with the Lamont Administration on mandatory COVID-19 testing (Jun. 15, 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 he 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 latest state agency guidance on absences, telework and work schedules (Apr. 14, 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).

Boosting Our Strength, Overcoming Opponents' Tactics

Schemes to undercut America’s labor movement — epitomized last year by a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision — have stalled, according to the latest federal labor data. Union membership rates last year remained steady, despite an escalating assault targeting the public sector workforce. AFT national, state and local leaders helped stem the tide by empowering new groups of workers and signing-up former "fair share" fee-payers as full members.
 
Click here for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2018 unionization data release.
 

Comments on Proposals Impacting Public Employee Pension Funding and Benefits

AFT Connecticut leaders made the following remarks regarding Governor Ned Lamont’s 2019 legislative proposals released Tuesday impacting retirement security for public school teachers and state employees:
 

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.
 
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