Today representatives of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) met to review their unions’ plans for ratifying the revised tentative agreement (TA) leaders reached Friday with the Malloy Administration. Leaders also met with the governor’s negotiating team to affirm job security for their members if the agreement is approved.
Each of the 15 unions in the coalition will vote to approve or reject the revised tentative agreement, and leaders plan to complete their internal process over the next three weeks. Most leaders plan to present the TA to their full membership for a ratification vote. Some are planning to have elected leadership cast their union’s vote because there are no negative changes in the revised TA as compared to the previous agreement.
Each union will notify its members of its leaders’ ratification or affirmation plans, including applicable information on balloting.
In talks with the governor’s chief negotiator this afternoon, union leaders reaffirmed guarantees that job security language in the tentative agreement would be honored once it is ratified.
No agreement can prevent the governor or the legislature from making changes in government programs or services. The revised TA means a current employee covered by job security protection can’t be laid off. In the case of programmatic or service changes, the state must place the employee in a comparable position — or compensated comparably until such a position is found.
Union leaders will continue to address concerns over the negative impact of program and service shutdowns in Governor Malloy’s alternative budget plan that should be avoided if the tentative agreement is approved.
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