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 the latest mandatory state employee vaccination directive (Oct. 14, 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 the Department of Administrative Services (DAS)'s COVID-19 resources for state employees (Aug. 9, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC’s update on the latest telework agreement with Gov. Lamont’s administration (Aug. 2, 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 update on agreement to engage in coalition contract negotiations (Oct. 6, 2021).
 
Click here for the latest SEBAC newsletter (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).

State Workers to Expand Wellness Program, Build on "Collaboration" to Achieve Savings

Hartford - Connecticut public service professionals today announced efforts to expand the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) to the state's municipalities and school districts through public education and engagement of local elected officials. A $25,000.00 "Solution-Driven Unionism" grant awarded in October by AFT to their Connecticut affiliate in recognition of the innovative employee wellness plan will help fund the campaign. The goal is to empower communities across Connecticut to model the negotiations between the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and Governor Dannel P. Malloy that produced the HEP. 
 

AFT Connecticut Wins National AFT Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism

Rocky Hill - The American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut affiliate has won the national union’s inaugural Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism for its work in protecting the jobs and benefits of state workers, while saving the state a projected $1.6 billion, AFT President Randi Weingarten announced today.
 

State of Connecticut Announces Special Open Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal law. The State of Connecticut has announced a special open enrollment period for state employees and retirees who wish to add a same-sex spouse to the State’s health plan.

State Union Coalition Hails Court Decision on Rowland Layoffs

After nearly a decade, the Second Circuit Court's opinion invalidating John Rowland's layoff of nearly 3,000 state employees is a tremendous victory for the free speech rights of all Americans. The court held that when a governor punishes people because of the group to whom they belong – whether it's a union or a political party, or a religion – he or she violates our Constitution's most cherished provisions.

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