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 SEBAC’s update on mandatory state employee vaccinations (Jan. 21, 2022).
 
Click here for Department of Public Health (DPH) guidance on mandatory state employee vaccinations (Jan. 4, 2022).
 
Click here for the latest executive branch agency guidance on pandemic policies (Jan. 1, 2022).
 
Click here for SEBAC's update on the arbitration award in negotiations over telework access (Dec. 28, 2021)
 
Click here for the Judicial Branch website's COVID-19 updates page (Aug. 20, 2021).
 
Click here for the federal labor department's guidance on mitigating COVID-19 in the workplace (Aug. 13, 2021).
 
Click here for our national union's COVID-19 resources for public employees (Sep., 2020).
 
Click here for our legal counsel's memo on COVID-19 and employment rights (Jul. 27, 2020).
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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 booklet breaking down SEBAC's tentative agreement and detailing next steps (Mar. 9, 2022).
 
Click here for SEBAC's announcement of coalition and local union tentative agreements (Mar. 8, 2022).
 
Click here for the latest and archived SEBAC newsletters (Aug. 11, 2021).
 
Click here for updates on the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit settlement (Jun. 21, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC's latest pension and healthcare changes Q&A. (Feb. 23, 2021).

Realizing Historic Wins to Secure a "Better Future"

Lawmakers in late April approved significant investments in the state workforce, capping union members' efforts aimed at successor contracts. Our latest quarterly collective bargaining report showcases seven affiliated public employee locals and their wider coalition's landmark achievement - their first such agreements without concessions in more than a decade. Together they demonstrated how a seat at the table yields much more than pay raises and better conditions.
 

Making Gains "at Every Step of the Salary Scale"

The recent pattern begun last year of affiliated local unions negotiating contracts with solid pay increases has over the past 90 days continued to be repeated. Our latest collective bargaining report features one such affiliate whose leadership overcame historic inequities to win a ground-breaking new agreement in negotiations with their employer. Members' personal progress will additionally benefit the community they serve as the provisions promise to stabilize the workforce for years to come.
 

Demanding Action to Reverse Critical Short-Staffing Conditions

State employees who provide essential public services are urging Governor Ned Lamont take immediate steps to address safety issues compounded by unprecedented levels of short-staffing. They have requested an extension on his recent executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations to avert harmful consequences for frontline workers and the residents who depend on them. Tomorrow's compliance deadline threatens to strain public health and safety services already stretched to the breaking point by staff shortfalls.
 

Overcoming Challenges to Take a "Step in the Right Direction"

Despite the lingering economic effects of the pandemic, union members have since May continued to score substantial successes in collective bargaining negotiations. We are highlighting a local affiliate in this latest quarterly report that survived the fiscal fallout of COVID-19 and won a strong new contract. Their focus on tapping available federal relief resources paid off for a local community hit hard by the global public health crisis.
 
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