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 latest executive branch "reopening" plan update (includes Gov. Lamont's e-mail - May 13, 2021). 
 
Click here for SEBAC's update on Gov. Lamont's pandemic pay proposal (May 3, 2021). 
 
Click here for the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s vaccine "questions and answers" (Feb. 23, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC's "frequently asked questions" about the vaccine (Feb. 8, 2021).
 
Click here for the federal labor department's guidance on mitigating COVID-19 in the workplace (Jan. 29, 2021).
 
Click here for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS)'s COVID-19 resources for state employees (Jan. 11, 2021).
 
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 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 for the official state COVID-19 website's state employees resources page (Mar. 19, 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 SEBAC's update on a consultant's workforce retirement "report" (Mar. 31, 2021). 
 
Click here for a report on the state budget and future workforce needs by experts (Mar. 15, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC's internal report on the governor's proposed 2021-22 state budget (Feb. 11, 2021).
 
Click here for the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC)’s retirement resources update (Jan. 4, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC leaders' response to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM)'s attempt to consolidate human resources functions (Nov. 4, 2020).
 
Click here for our coalition’s "Q&A" on state employee open enrollment plan choices (Sep. 4, 2020).
 
Click here for updates on the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit settlement (Mar., 2019).
 

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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