Campaign News Archive

Holding the State Accountable Over Unilateral and Unfair Retirement Offers

by Matt O'Connor on October 17th

Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) on Friday filed a State Prohibitive Practice (SPP) charge with the Connecticut Board of Labor Relations. At issue is the State’s offer to certain employees the ability to retire with 25 years of service regardless of age. The State made that offer without notice to or bargaining with SEBAC — and without making it available to the vast majority of the state’s workforce. (more…)

Union Leaders Take Action on Reports of State Managers’ Longevity Bonuses

by Matt O'Connor on October 3rd

(Updated October 6)

Union leaders are responding to news reports that thousands of appointed officials, managers, and top agency officials would receive upwards of $7 million in longevity bonuses in October. The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) is filing a grievance on behalf of the front-line members of its constituent unions for allowing the payments to go forward. (more…)

Laid-Off Union Members Returning to Work, Notices Being Rescinded as Legislature Approves Agreements

by Matt O'Connor on August 31st

The Connecticut General Assembly yesterday ratified the revised SEBAC 2011 agreement and companion bargaining unit contracts with the expiration of the review period since they were filed five days ago. Legislative approval means that the job security provisions for the 32 out of 34 bargaining units that ratified their companion agreements are now in force.

Permanent employees in those units who have been laid-off should have already received letters from their agencies returning them to work on September 1 — tomorrow. Additionally, permanent employees who had received layoff notices are in the process of receiving letters having them rescinded. (more…)

Union Leaders Update Members on Rescinding Layoff Notices and Restoring Services

by Matt O'Connor on August 21st

Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) again called on the Malloy Administration Friday to immediately restore the jobs of recently laid-off members. All but two of the 34 bargaining units in the coalition’s 15 unions — representing 97% of the state’s unionized workforce — have approved extended contracts that provide four years of protection from layoffs. These are companions to the revised SEBAC tentative agreement (TA) that was unanimously approved by the coalition after the members of its unions ratified it. (more…)

State Employees Ratify Revised Agreement To Save Jobs & Benefits

by Larry Dorman on August 18th

(Updated August 19th)

Union members have voted overwhelmingly to ratify the revised SEBAC 2011 tentative agreement, and this morning it was adopted by representatives from the coalition of unions. (more…)

Educate Yourself: Read the Revised Tentative Agreement Here

by Jennifer Smith on August 12th

You can download and print a complete copy of the revised Tentative Agreement here: (more…)

State Agencies Directed to Assure Members of Full Layoff Protection; Members Speak Out for Public Services

by Matt O'Connor on July 30th

At the request of State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) union leaders, the Malloy Administration has moved to address conflicting information disseminated to some workers who recently received notice of layoff. The inaccurate information has been spread by news media sources and by some agency managers. At issue is job protection for state workers receiving layoff notices or being laid-off prior to final votes on the revised tentative agreement unions and the governor’s representatives reached last week. (more…)

Fighting to Stop Layoffs, Benefit Cuts, and Loss of Workers’ Rights

by Matt O'Connor on July 27th

State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) representatives again met today to review their individual unions’ plans for voting on the revised tentative agreement to save members’ jobs and benefits. At the same time, the Malloy Administration announced that another 1,157 layoff notices have been issued to Executive and Judicial Branch employees since last Wednesday. With over 3,000 state workers facing unemployment, union leaders are working hard to have the complete ratification process finished by Thursday, August 18. (more…)

Update on Scheduling Ratification of the Revised Tentative Agreement to Protect Jobs and Benefits

by Matt O'Connor on July 25th

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. (more…)

Union Leaders Reach Tentative Agreement with Governor’s Representatives to Save Jobs, Protect Benefits, Preserve Services

by Matt O'Connor on July 22nd

Representatives of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy concluded talks late this evening with a tentative agreement (TA).

Following a week of discussions, leaders reached a tentative agreement clarifying that all of the layoff notices issued to state employees over the past three weeks will be rescinded. The agreement also clarifies preservation of the State Employee Health Plan for active and retired state employees. The agreement clarifies unequivocally that the now-dead SustiNet health reform legislation has nothing to do with the plan — and never will. (more…)