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).
 

Making Gains through the "Power of Solidarity"

On any given day of the year, leaders of one or more of AFT Connecticut’s 90 plus affiliates are exercising their fundamental collective bargaining rights. Whether negotiating contract terms or representing colleagues in a dispute with their employer, they're "at the table" to win better wages, benefits and working conditions. We're highlighting recent examples from the past three months demonstrating what the power of the "U and I in Union" can accomplish.
 

Backing a Governor to Confront the Special Interests

Delegates to AFT Connecticut’s annual business convention on Saturday voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to formally endorse Ned Lamont's candidacy in the 2018 gubernatorial election. The action follows months of preparations and preliminary mobilization that began last fall with the development of our state federation's strategic plan. The resolution sets in motion the critical volunteer recruitment phase in which union members will be tapped to fuel our grassroots "labor is your neighbor" program.
 

Joining the Call for a "Moral Revival" in Connecticut

Members of affiliated unions have for years engaged in grassroots community and faith-based efforts to tackle discrimination, poverty and inequality where they work and live. Several local social justice organizations allied with AFT Connecticut have begun coordinating state activities in the "Poor People's Campaign (PPC): A National Call for Moral Revival." State federation leaders last month took steps to be part of this movement, rooted in the unfinished work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
 

Winning Long-Overdue Respect for State Employees

Union members late last month celebrated the announcement of an immediate end to the terms "essential" and "nonessential" in public references to the state workforce. The news followed the labor movement's coordinated efforts to resist language that had for years devalued thousands of working women and men across Connecticut. More than symbolism, the executive order replacing the antiquated terminology demonstrates the true strength of the 'U' and 'I' in 'union' at a critical time for all public employees.
 
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