The InThisTogetherCT Facebook page was created to be a social networking source of information and help for members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC). The page was launched at the height of the economic crisis so leaders and staff had another tool to assist members in navigating the tough issues and tough choices we face. (more…)
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Representatives of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy met again today and no agreement has been reached. Discussions are scheduled to continue tomorrow.
Union leaders remain committed to reaching a mutual agreement that averts layoffs, preserves benefits, and protects services. (more…)
Union Leaders Continue Discussions with Administration; Affirm Commitment to Job Security for Membersby Matt O'Connor on July 20th
Discussions between representatives of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) and the administration of Governor Dannel P. Malloy continued today, and are scheduled to resume tomorrow.
While talks are ongoing, union leaders are taking steps to keep them from taking place in the press.
Some media accounts inaccurately suggested today that the coalition would accept something other than the layoff protections in the tentative agreement presented to their members for ratification last month. Those press reports are false. Union leaders are seeking the same job security for their members set forth in that agreement. (more…)
State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) union leaders met with Malloy Administration representatives yesterday in order to reach an agreement that provides job security and preserves benefits for their members. Those discussions are continuing today.
Recent inaccurate press accounts have generated numerous questions regarding any future ratification votes. The decision to hold another vote among rank and file members — if a tentative agreement is reached — is the responsibility of each individual union in the coalition. (more…)
Union Leaders Take Action to Put their Members on a Path Forward that Protects Jobs and Benefits, Preserves Vital Servicesby Matt O'Connor on July 18th
Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) met today to discuss next steps since voting concluded on the tentative agreement to save jobs benefits. They also continued to review the coalition’s internal structure and share what they have heard from the rank-and-file members they represent.
Following a June 27 resolution to consider the coalition’s ratification rules, SEBAC by-laws were amended today. The change would require a majority of per capita votes cast and a majority of the SEBAC voting unions voting to conclude negotiations. (more…)
Accepting Mass Layoffs and Service Cuts is Not an Option; Alternative Budget Plan Reinforces Union Leaders Resolveby Matt O'Connor on July 16th
Detailed job, program, facility, and service cuts in the Malloy Administration’s planned alternative budget released yesterday will have a devastating impact on the state’s workforce. Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) remain committed to a mutual resolution in the interests of their members and the people they serve. What Connecticut’s working families need is a public sector that is part of the solution to the economic and social problems facing our communities, not more layoffs and service cuts. (more…)
Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) can confirm that layoff notices have gone out to several hundred members at agencies and departments throughout the state. At this stage, the Malloy Administration has not produced a master list of individual job cuts, and union leaders are assembling internal assessments as employees report their status.
Coalition leadership has warned repeatedly that putting any worker, public or private sector, on the unemployment line in this economy is like throwing gasoline on a raging fire. Connecticut will be much worse off if the Malloy Administration proceeds with laying-off nearly 7,000 workers and cutting the vital services they deliver. (more…)
Former Republican State Senator and Hartford Courant columnist Kevin Rennie’s “revelation” today that a state employee union leader is a supporter of the now-dead Sustinet legislation is hardly news. Council 4 AFSCME Executive Director Sal Luciano was a labor representative on the Sustinet Board, and a long supporter of reforming the state’s healthcare system to provide universal, affordable access for all. There’s nothing outrageous about that.
What is outrageous is Rennie’s suggestion that Sal’s — or anyone’s — support for Sustinet somehow proves false arguments and deliberate lies spread by those who oppose any agreement protecting state workers’ jobs. The reality is that the SEBAC 2011 tentative agreement (TA) was never connected to the Sustinet legislation. (more…)
Seeking a Path Forward to a Mutual Agreement with Governor Malloy that Saves Jobs and Protects Servicesby Matt O'Connor on July 5th
Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today asked Governor Dannel P. Malloy to reconvene discussions on how to protect the public services provided by the 45,000 members they represent.
Leaders representing the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) met today to begin charting a path forward for their 45,000 members and the people they serve. Union leaders discussed what must happen next in order to protect their members’ and the public’s interest. (more…)