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).

Boosting Our Strength, Overcoming Opponents' Tactics

Schemes to undercut America’s labor movement — epitomized last year by a U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision — have stalled, according to the latest federal labor data. Union membership rates last year remained steady, despite an escalating assault targeting the public sector workforce. AFT national, state and local leaders helped stem the tide by empowering new groups of workers and signing-up former "fair share" fee-payers as full members.
 
Click here for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2018 unionization data release.
 

Comments on Proposals Impacting Public Employee Pension Funding and Benefits

AFT Connecticut leaders made the following remarks regarding Governor Ned Lamont’s 2019 legislative proposals released Tuesday impacting retirement security for public school teachers and state employees:
 

Working Together to Protect Retirement Security

A small group of leaders representing several public sector unions in mid January sat down with Governor Ned Lamont and members of his new administration. The purpose of the informal meeting was to explore potential efforts to further safeguard pensions for state employees and shore up retirement funding for teachers. The discussion followed Lamont's frequent assertions last year as a candidate to treat working people — particularly, union members — in Connecticut with "fairness, dignity and respect."
 

Winning in 2018, Overcoming in 2019

As we begin a new year, questions remain about the direction for Connecticut and the country. What is not in question is the direction of our union and our labor movement. That's because the "roadmap" state federation leaders adopted in 2017 and which inspired many local affiliates' strategic plans in 2018 are firmly rooted in common guiding principles. Collectively, they demonstrate that the "U & I in Union" assures that when we stand together, we are strong.
 
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