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 the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s vaccine "questions and answers" (Feb. 23, 2021).
 
Click here for SEBAC's update on Connecticut's new age-based vaccination plan (Feb. 22, 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 the latest state agency guidance on absences, telework and work schedules (Oct. 29, 2020).
 
Click here for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS)' "Q&A" on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) (Sep. 21, 2020).
 
Click here for our coalition’s "Q&A" on state employee open enrollment plan choices (Sep. 4, 2020).
 
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 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 to honor the memory of a local union member's husband lost in a tragic accident (Dec. 14, 2020).
 
Click here for SEBAC leaders' update on the administration's attempt to unilaterally prepare for retirements (Dec. 4, 2020).
 
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 OPM's notice of retaining outside consultants to bypass workers’ input on retirement planning (Sep. 29, 2020).
 
Click here for updates on the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit settlement (Mar., 2019).
 

Providing "Proven Strategies for Building Power"

Building on successful volunteer-based initiatives spanning the past three years, AFT Connecticut will this fall launch the next generation of its Member Organizer Institute (MOI) program. The effort, jointly funded by our national union, state federation and local affiliates, seeks to build greater participation by offering compensation to our most valuable resource — active members. The application period is now open, and leaders are seeking potential candidates for a paid cohort to begin training in late September.
 
Click here for a fact sheet on the MOI program.
 

"U & I in Union:" Protecting the Jobs of Our "Extended Family"

Little causes trepidation more than when, amid economic cutbacks, the human resources department calls for a meeting. That's when the value of both a strong collective bargaining agreement and co-workers with a commitment to solidarity becomes acutely clear. We're highlighting a higher education professional's personal experience in these precise circumstances to demonstrate that the “U and I in Union” is how members can effectively maintain job security.
 

Defending the "Future of Our Collective Bargaining Rights"

A Republican legislative leader last week launched a politically motivated media attack on gains made by state employee unions. At issue are contractual bonuses due later this month as part of a 2017 agreement to protect jobs, extend benefits and preserve services. In reality, the true targets are the collective bargaining rights that secured them — rights which face an uncertain future in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
 
Click here for reporting on the state Senator's remarks.
 

Responding to Attacks on "Our Rights and Freedoms"

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday issued its long-anticipated ruling in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 lawsuit — one that favors billionaires out to destroy America's labor movement. The 5-4 decision overturned a four decades-old precedent and has long been the goal of a shadowy network of deep-pocketed political operatives. Here in Connecticut, union members gathered in Hartford to denounce this judicial attack on their freedom to negotiate a fair return on their work.
 
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