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).

"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. 
 

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:
 
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