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SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/17/2021

Friday, October 1, 2021--Governor Lamont’s threat to displace employees would deepen critical short-staffing conditions  

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 existed long before COVID-19 could be dangerously exacerbated by even a fractional reduction of this workforce if the COVID-19 vaccination requirement deadline set by Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order 13G with respect to state hospitals and long-term care facilities is strictly applied on September 27th.

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

SEBAC had its third meeting with representatives from the Lamont Administration to bargain the impacts of the recent Executive Orders concerning mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations of state employees.  For employees not working in state hospitals or long-term care facilities, that mandate includes the ability to refuse the vaccine if the employee submits to weekly COVID testing. 

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.