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Healthcare, custodial and maintenance staff represented by unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) are extremely concerned that the precarious staffing shortages that

SEBAC Impact Bargaining Update on EO-13F and EO-13G - 9/20/2021

As we reported on September 9th, leaders and staff from the impacted SEBAC locals met with representatives from the Lamont Administration to discuss the details and bargain the impacts of recent Executive Orders concerning mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations of state employees who do not qualify for medical or religious exemptions.  For employees not working in state hospitals or long-term care facilities, that mandate includes the ability to refuse the vaccine as long as the employee submits to weekly COVID testing. 

On August 19th, the Lamont Administration announced Executive Order No. 13D (EO-13D) concerning mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations of state employees who do not qualify for medical or religious exemptions.  For employees not working in state hospitals or long-term care facilities, that mandate includes the ability to refuse the vaccine as long as the employee submits to weekly COVID testing.

On August 19th, the Administration of Governor Ned Lamont announced Executive Order No.13D (EO-13D) concerning mandatory COVID-19 vaccination of state employees who do not qualify for medical or religious exemptions.

The Stipulated Agreement can be foundPDF icon HERE, below is a message from SEBAC:

On Thursday, July 15th Governor Lamont announced significant raises for 1,700 management-level state employees, below is SEBAC's response to this announcement:

"The state of Connecticut should be a model employer, providing fair contracts to its unionized workforce, and leading other employers in providing safe and equitable workplaces for theirs. And we should use the collective bargaining process to improve staffing and the delivery of services that Connecticut’s people depend upon."

July 15, 2021

SEBAC union leadership remains confident in the merits of our position and are optimistic that the Lamont Administration will review the facts of the case and agree to abide by the temporary telework agreement that was signed by both parties on June 16.th Following that, we look forward to work together on a long-term solution. 

The Lamont administration has announced their plans today to, by June 1st, head towards a full reopening of State buildings and other State departments that have been fully or partially closed since the Covid-19 pandemic hit last March.  We know that public services are essential to our communities and to Connecticut’s well being, and we look forward to continuing and expanding our ability to help Connecticut’s communities not just recover from the pandemic, but begin to overcome the decades of growth of income and wealth inequality by race and class that has left all working families

Governor Ned Lamont released a proposal for how the $2.6 billion in federal pandemic relief funds sent to Connecticut from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) will be spent. His administration included $10 million to compensate state employees forced to work on site or in the field during the pandemic. While the governor acknowledged that the matter is one for collective bargaining, he seeks to unilaterally set the total amount of money spent. The administration further indicated that state officials have “identified” 14,000 workers to whom the money would be sent.