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Frontline essential state workers sacrificed their health and safety throughout COVID-19 to ensure that the critical public services our 3.6 million Connecticut residents rely on remained accessibl

Historic SEBAC Agreement is Voted Favorably Out of the Senate Floor

The Coalition would like to express its deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of the late Undersecretary for Labor Relations, S. Fae Brown-Brewton, who passed away Monday night.

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

HARTFORD -- State employees currently providing essential services at unprecedented short-staffing levels are requesting a 20-day extension on Governor Ned Lamont’s vaccination mandate that allows for a temporary process of testing in lieu of vaccination at some workplaces. 

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