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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

State Employees Respond to Recruiting, Retention & Connecticut’s Public Service Crisis

Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders Expire 

On Tuesday, February 15th, Governor Lamont’s Executive Orders on the vaccination and testing requirements for state employees expired and, at this time, the General Assembly has not codified most aspects of those executive orders into law. 

The award of the arbitrator on the final disputed issue in telework issued yesterday in favor of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)’s last, best offer.  That section of the negotiated telework policy will now read:

The application process for the six-month telework period beginning January 1, 2022, is now available online. This process is governed by the negotiated final telework policy, which is complete except for one final issue being arbitrated.

SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/17/2021

 Union leaders in SEBAC and the Lamont Administration met again today, November 17, to discuss proposals. We plan to have additional meetings with the Lamont Administration in the near future. Local negotiation committees will continue to be updated on the status of coalition negotiations.

SEBAC Update on Coalition Bargaining – 11/5/2021

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.