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).

Winning Long-Overdue Respect for State Employees

Union members late last month celebrated the announcement of an immediate end to the terms "essential" and "nonessential" in public references to the state workforce. The news followed the labor movement's coordinated efforts to resist language that had for years devalued thousands of working women and men across Connecticut. More than symbolism, the executive order replacing the antiquated terminology demonstrates the true strength of the 'U' and 'I' in 'union' at a critical time for all public employees.
 

"U & I in Union:" Putting Collective Action Theory into Practice

Sharing personal stories that demonstrate union members' collective strength can be an effective tool in mobilizing a strong defense of hard-won rights and fundamental freedoms. In the face of escalating attacks by special interests seeking to sow discord and division among working people, they take on added urgency. To that end, we're lifting up examples like this story of how the "union difference" prevented an economic disaster for a veteran public employee's family.
 

Helping Members Beat Back Student Debt

Across the country last year, staff and leaders from our national union held scores of clinics to guide thousands of members toward relief from the weight of their student loans. AFT Connecticut at the same time organized training sessions to help affiliated locals offer the workshops themselves, exponentially increasing the number of those that can benefit. Soaring student debt may seem like old news, but for current and former students locked in its grip, it feels relentlessly fresh and relevant.
 
Click here for our previous report on the clinics' launch.
 

Gearing Up to Defeat a "Let Them Eat Cake" Approach

Less than three months after its inaugural meeting, the legislative Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth last Friday released its draft recommendations (below) to the General Assembly. Considering the panel's domination by corporate executives, their proposals are unsurprisingly heavily tilted in favor of the ultra-rich. Still, their plan to silence the voices of Connecticut's working men and women are cause for genuine concern — and a call to action.
 
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