News of Interest

[Hartford, CT] -  State employee labor leaders and local elected officials are reiterating their shared vision for UConn Health as a growing independent s

“We share our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of State Trooper First Class Aaron Pelletier, who was killed today in the line of duty.

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

Connecticut has a duopoly healthcare system with Hartford Healthcare and Yale New Haven controlling approximately two thirds of the entire health care market. We have lost 21 independent, community-focused hospitals, leaving just six open. We have one remaining public hospital – John Dempsey Hospital– which is an essential part of the state’s flagship academic medical center, UConn Health. 

[Hartford, CT] - The favorable votes by the General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee on the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) Reopener, Recruitment and Retention confirms lawmakers’ - from both parties - commitment to protecting the vital public services that all 3.6 million Connecticut residents rely on.  

[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. 

Core collective bargaining agreement secured to raise wages 2.5% plus steps for all members of coalition bargaining units. 

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.