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State Employees’ Reopener, Recruitment and Retention Agreement Overwhelmingly Passes General Assembly

[Hartford, CT] - The favorable votes by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) Reopener

[Hartford, CT] - Today, the reopener agreement reached between the Lamont Administration and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) was filed with the General Assembly for legislative approval. The framework, ratified by members of the coalition’s unions, includes a 2.5% general wage increase plus a “step” pay scale advancement. The agreement's raises track with private sector income growth and are consistent with the current SEBAC contract, as well as those lawmakers recently approved for the State Police. 

The risk-sharing provision of the Tier IV pension plan – which covers most state employees hired after 7/31/2017 – was implemented for the first time on July 1, 2023 and will run through June 30, 2024. That provision permits the State to increase employee contributions by half of the amount by which the plan’s investment returns failed to reach the projected average amount of 6.9% in the prior calendar year, up to a maximum of  2%.

On February 13th, Governor Lamont closed Executive Branch offices due to a snowstorm, and as he did in 2023, he is continuing to improperly apply the State's Telework agreement with the Unions.

The Governor's written directive states: 

 All level 2 executive branch state employees whose job duties can be completed remotely should telework, or they may request use of accrued leave

Yet the actual Telework Agreement, which the Administration signed, states in item 8.3.2.:

Hartford, CT - SEBAC and our constituent unions are proud to continue to be strong advocates for our LGBTQA+ member with the latest modifications to expand access to fertility treatments, regardless of sexual orientation.    The change was approved by the joint Health Care Cost Containment Committee at the suggestion of State Comptroller Sean Scanlon.

SEBAC is profoundly saddened by the sudden and senseless loss of Hartford Police Officer Robert “Bobby” Garten, 34, an eight-year veteran with the department. Officer Garten was killed in a motor vehicle accident while responding to a call for service. Also seriously injured in the accident was Hartford PD Officer Brian Kearney who has fortunately been listed in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

The pandemic pay lookup tool is now available for state employees to look up their pandemic pay award based on their risk designation and number of eligible hours.
As a reminder, this look-up tool will based upon the state’s records and will provide members with their current risk designation and the amount of the pandemic pay award they will receive. Note that these figures are subject to change if errors are discovered by either party.

Today it was announced that the Lamont Administration plans to invoke a provision in the SEBAC 2017 Agreement that permits the State to increase employee contributions for Tier IV employees by 2%. Specifically, the base contribution of 5% (base contribution is 8% for Hazardous Duty members and members of the Hybrid Plan) can be increased for one year by one-half of the difference between the state investment performance and its predicted investment performance, up to 2%. The change is effective July 1st.

Pandemic Pay Arbitration Award  for State Employees Approved by the House and Senate
Frontline essential workers who sacrificed health and safety during the first year of the pandemic
will receive an average of $1,300 in pandemic pay