(updated May 19th)
State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) leadership has signed a framework for an agreement with the Malloy Administration, which will be followed over a short period of time with briefings to members, a formal tentative agreement, and a membership ratification vote.
The focus now is on the exact elements of the framework (linked below, along with the signed agreement) and how it fits into the broader long-term struggle to protect the rights of public and private sector workers.
- SEBAC 2011 Framework Agreement Summary
- State of CT and SEBAC – Recommended Agreement on Savings, Transformational and Financial Issues and Framework for Job Security (signed copy)
While we sought a fair agreement with the Malloy Administration, public employees have been a backbone of the much broader fights in the real war on all workers – the war that has seen real income and benefits for all workers, public and private, continue to decline while Wall Street financiers and big corporations have seen their incomes grow beyond measure. We know we do not stand alone as we fight to protect not just public service jobs and the services they provide, but to stem the anti-worker tide funded by billionaires like the Koch brothers that is an attack on the livelihoods of all working families, public and private. Whether in Wisconsin, Indiana, New Jersey, or Ohio, what masquerades as an attack on public sector workers is in reality an attack on the fundamental right to be heard of all working families.
As part of our fight, we have joined and supported organizations that have fought for a tax structure to provide the revenue needed not just to balance the budget, but to fix schools and bridges, stabilize communities, reduce unfair property taxes, and expand and rebuild our economy. Our collaborative efforts helped provide the space for Governor Malloy to raise taxes on multi-millionaires, although not nearly as much as he should have. That’s why we must continue our struggle to rebuild Connecticut and create an economy that works for all working people.
Absent an agreement with the administration, there would be no state budget. That would mean thousands of layoffs – and not just the nearly 5,000 state public service workers whose jobs were initially threatened – but many thousands more as “Plan B” failed. Additionally, tens of thousands more jobs would be lost in the private sector as massive state layoffs lead to a stalled economy. That alone, beyond the effects of draconian cuts to vital services and municipal aid, would have resulted in a Connecticut that “none of us would recognize.” We would not be recommending any agreement that didn’t provide short- and long-term stability for public workers and public services, and a real opportunity to be part of the solution for all working families.
This is the context in which leaders of the unions in SEBAC on May 13, 2011 reached agreement on a framework for cost savings and job security with Governor Malloy’s representatives.
To learn more about SEBAC’s campaign for a better budget and a livable state with great public services visit www.InThisTogetherCT.org.