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 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 SEBAC’s update on the suspension of mandatory state employee vaccinations (Dec. 20, 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 SEBAC's latest update on agreement to engage in coalition contract negotiations (Nov. 17, 2021).
 
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).

Speaking Out for Essential Workers Who Risked it All

Local and state union activists and leaders earlier this month turned-out in record numbers to advocate for themselves and fellow frontliners impacted by the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis. The occasion was a legislative public hearing held by the Connecticut General Assembly's committee that oversees employment policies and practices. Joined by members of allied labor organizations, they took a strong stand to demand restitution for their sacrifices and preparation for the next pandemic.
 

Resisting "More Calls for Austerity, Year After Year"

Labor activists earlier this year began collaborating with community organizations to help fellow residents recover from the economic fall-out of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic. That led to the formation of a new coalition, "Recovery for All," initially focused on securing a state budget in the General Assembly's 2021 legislative session that puts people first. AFT Connecticut is a full partner in these efforts, and is mobilizing members to move lawmakers and the governor to "do better."
 

"No Going Back to Normal" in 2021

When I accepted a Connecticut People’s World Committee "Amistad Award" last month, I began my remarks by recognizing our members. They are the ones who are out there fighting the good fights and making — as Congressman John Lewis would have said — "good trouble." I credited our educators and school support staff, nurses and healthcare workers, higher education professionals and public employees who have done amazing things over this past year.
 

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. 
 
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