State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) leaders and representatives of Governor Dannel P. Malloy reached the framework of a tentative agreement on a cost-savings package to help close the state’s budget deficit. The administration has also agreed to rescind layoff notices for nearly 5,000 state workers announced earlier this week.
The framework agreement is intended to help reduce costs while protecting public services in the current and next fiscal years, and to help put Connecticut on a firmer footing for economic recovery. When finalized, the agreement will provide for savings of approximately $1.6 billion in combined labor cost reductions and service efficiencies. The agreement also provides job security, and does not contain any furlough days or reductions in work hours for permanent state employees.
This process began with the members of our unions sharing their ideas for cutting costs and improving efficiency while providing high-quality services. State employees used their knowledge and experience to create a better future — for themselves, their services, and the people of Connecticut they proudly serve.
SEBAC leaders know that in this economic and political climate, we need more than good policy ideas. We need all our union members standing up for themselves and for all working and middle class families. After all, solidarity is what being in a union is all about.
In order to respect the fundamental rights of the working men and women we represent, SEBAC leaders have agreed not to publicize details until they can be presented to members of our unions. This process will begin immediately.
As we move forward, SEBAC leaders appreciate the solidarity, patience, and dedication that has been demonstrated by our 45,000 members. The process has been difficult and anxiety-producing as members wait for details about their future in the agreement. Given the extraordinary stakes involved, we sought to avoid the speculation and misunderstandings that would hamper our ultimate goal of reaching a mutual settlement by keeping our discussions out of the media.
The reality is that more work remains to be done. Any final agreements must be ratified by the members of our unions and approved by state lawmakers.
The fight to rebuild Connecticut and restore our state’s struggling middle class will continue as we move forward and talk with our members. State public service workers in SEBAC’s unions will continue to play a major role in helping stabilize the state’s economic health.
To learn more about SEBAC’s campaign for a better budget and a livable state with great public services visit www.InThisTogetherCT.org.