CSU-AAUP’s Union News Availalbe

CSU-AAUP’s latest edition of Union News is available and has been sent to all members. Please click here to read it online.

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Latest Capitol Monitor Available

CSU-AAUP’s Capitol Monitor gives you the skinny on what’s happening at the Connecticut General Assembly that could affect the future of quality higher education.

The most recent issue of Capitol Monitor is available now. Click here to read it.

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SEBAC Statement in Response to Governor’s Layoffs Announcement

State workers help protect our environment, provide public safety, and affordable public education, and provide essential services to the elderly, the disabled, veterans and others in need.

Eliminating more jobs from our economy is not the answer. 

What is called for here is  to  reduce waste, fraud and abuse, and the political courage  to require the rich to pay their fair share of taxes in the wealthiest state in the country.   In order to allow the rich to keep paying taxes at half the rate the rest of us pay, the governor and some legislators are pushing the largest cuts in public education and other critical services in our state’s history.   

We call on the governor and legislative leaders to take a step back and consider the irreparable harm they will do to the services upon which our communities and our economy depend and the people that provide them.   It may be frightening to tax the rich in an election year — at least to the political class —  but for the vast majority of people in this state, these are times that demand courage.

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New Capitol Monitor Available

CSU-AAUP’s Capitol Monitor gives you the skinny on what’s happening at the Connecticut General Assembly that could affect the future of quality higher education.

The most recent issue of Capitol Monitor is available now. Click here to read it.

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Newest Issue Of Table Talk Is Available

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, March 31, 2016 is available here.

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Union News is available

To read the latest issue of Union News, please click here. Union News is also distributed to membership via email.

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Open Letter to Students from BOR President Mark Ojakian

In the wake of some of the most dire budget predictions and shortfalls coming from the Capitol, Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian on March 23, 2016, issued an open letter to students detailing increases in tuition across the CSCU system.

According to his letter, CSU students will face a 5 percent increase in tuition and fees in 2017.

Ojakian writes that this increase will not close the system’s deficits and that further cost savings will need to be found. Click here to read the letter from BOR President Mark Ojakian

 

 

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If your legislator is Bob Duff, ask him to stand with working men and women!

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Malloy Administration Asks Unions To Reopen 2011 SEBAC Agreement

The following statement is from the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC):

Governor Malloy, through his Office of Labor Relations, has formally requested a meeting with SEBAC unions to discuss “concessions in the area of pension and healthcare benefits.”

Click here to read the letter from the Malloy Administration to SEBAC’s chief negotiator.

SEBAC responded this morning clearly and unequivocally; union leadership welcomes an opportunity to meet but does not have the authorization of our elected rank-and-file leadership to enter into any discussions about reopening our 2011 agreement.

Click here for the coalition’s response.

While SEBAC understands the purpose of the governor’s request to meet, his proposals to balance the budget at our expense, reduce public services and lay off thousands of employees will hurt both our economy and our most vulnerable residents.

We hope the administration will agree to meet to begin discussions on concrete and substantive ways to resolve the current and future budget deficits. Our 2011 agreement actually provides some of those solutions without the need to re-open or make further changes.

AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel puts the situation into perspective:
“It’s time to stop with the false assumption that working people are the only ones who should step up to protect and preserve our quality of life… The reality is that Connecticut has a fairness problem. State workers have given back at 30 times the rate as CEOs and hedge fund managers. All working families contribute taxes at nearly twice the rate that that millionaires and billionaires do to fund vital services,” said Hochadel, who taught physics and science in the Connecticut State Technical High School System (CTHSS).

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Capitol Monitor Available

Read CSU-AAUP’s Capitol Monitor for news on legislation pertaining to public higher education.

Click here to see the latest copy.

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Table Talk Session 13 and 14

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, February 25, 2016, and March 10. 2016.

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DUE Justice Event Coming To Hartford

Join CSU-AAUP, other SEBAC unions, and community organizations that make up the DUE Justice coalition on April 4, 2016, as we hold politicians accountable and rate their commitment to the people of Connecticut on these five critical issues:

  • Good Jobs and Fair Wages
  • Universal Access to Quality Public Education, Preschool to Grad School
  • A Vibrant and Fairly Funded Public Sector
  • Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Justice
  • Democracy in Our State and in Our Work Places

Click here to RSVP.

Which of our elected officials are genuine public servants fighting for the 99 percent in Connecticut – the richest and most unequal state in the nation? And which politicians are taking the easy way out?

Join us April 4, 2016, as we stand up for public servants who stand up for us. And let’s hold accountable those who stand against us. It’s our state government. Let’s make sure it works for all and not just the few!

Click here to RSVP.

Click here for more information about the April 4 DUE Justice event.

 

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UCPEA CBA Chamber Vote Action Alert

FROM: Elena Tapia, CSU-AAUP President
TO: CSU-AAUP Members
DATE: 3/1/16
SUBJ: Tell Legislators: Respect Collective Bargaining

Dear CSU-AAUP Member:

Members of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee last week criticized the contract recently ratified by union members in the UConn Professional Employees Association (UCPEA) during a public hearing. While the majority of of House members on the panel voted in favor of the agreement, Senate members deadlocked, meaning that it failed to receive full approval.

Governor Malloy has since criticized the contract, specifically indicating it will have implications for all state employee union agreements not yet finalized. Worse, he has urged legislative leaders call the UCPEA contract for floor votes in both chambers, breaking with nearly 20 years of past practice.

Click here to send a brief email to your legislators urging they support collective bargaining and honor a mutually agreed upon agreement. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/take-action-collective-bargaining-is-under-attack

Rejecting a negotiated settlement would send the message to all union members that the General Assembly does not honor collective bargaining – a sacred tenet of our labor movement.

Now is the time to urge lawmakers to respect the collaboration that produced this contract.

Click here to tell your House Representative and State Senator to support the agreement between UConn administration and its professional employees. https://actionnetwork.org/letters/take-action-collective-bargaining-is-under-attack

More to come, and in solidarity,
Elena Tapia
President, CSU-AAUP

P.S. Click here for press coverage of the implications of the UCPEA contract on the wider fight for a fair state budget. http://ctmirror.org/2016/02/25/raises-for-uconn-professionals-spark-broader-ct-budget-debate/

 

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Summit on Inequality in Higher Education Fills the House

The Constitution Room at CCSU’s Memorial Hall was standing-room only throughout CSU-AAUP’s Feb. 10, 2016, Summit on Inequality and the Crisis of Public Higher Education.  DSCN1183 (2)

Expert panelists, legislators, community leaders and advocates launched an important conversation on the direction public higher education is headed. The keynote speech by Bill Fletcher, Jr. was inspiring as he called all to take action against endemic inequality that is plaguing higher education.

A student panel with representatives from the four CSUs also shared their different stories of why they came to CSU, their struggles to afford college or to balance it with work and family, and why they choose to stay and continue earning their degrees.  DSCN1227 (2)An overriding factor in why they stay is the relationships they have built with their professors who guide them in all kinds of areas beyond the classroom, including job references, application essays, study abroad opportunities, and even moral support to keep going until they achieve their dream.

And in this tough budget year, with Governor Malloy calling for drastic cuts across all state agencies, the need to join together and advocate for our CSUs is paramount. One of the Summit panelists, PhilipTrostel from the University of Maine, shared his research into how much a state makes from a citizen with a college degree. Trostel makes it clear that when state legislators and leaders choose to invest in public higher education, the state is better off.  Click here to see a copy of Dr. Trostel’s Powerpoint.

If you weren’t able to attend, the Summit was videotaped in its entirety and will be available soon.  Stay tuned.

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Issue 11 of Table Talk is available

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, February 11, 2016

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Issue 10 of Table Talk is available

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, February 4, 2016

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A Threat to Connecticut’s Quality of Life

HARTFORD –  Feb. 4, 2016 – Yesterday Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proposed deep cuts to public services and state workforce layoffs that threaten Connecticut’s quality of life. The governor also addressed contract negotiations with our unions and referred to us as “partners in labor.”

Let’s be clear, the governor and legislators on both sides of the aisle have done little to engage state employees as partners. Instead, their tactics look more like attacks against an adversary.

If elected officials want to be partners, a good start would be ending costly and wasteful outsourcing that even the governor’s budget chief could not account for when asked by the press. Another significant step would be to ask Connecticut’s millionaires and profitable corporations to pay their fair share to protect the vital public services we depend on.

True partners would welcome our talented and hardworking members’ help in tackling much bigger problems: a shrinking middle class and growing income inequality.

We know our union members won’t sign on to an agenda of slashing vital services and continuing a race to the bottom for our state. Neither will our brothers and sisters in the labor, community, faith, and environmental community, especially when politicians are unwilling to step up and address the real issues affecting the 99 percent.

More to come.

 Click here for the public comments our coalition of state employee unions released yesterday after the governor’s speech.

Click here for more information on CSU-AAUP’s Summit on Inequality and the Crisis of Public Higher Education happening on Feb. 10, 2016. Come listen to the issues and be part of the solutions!

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Issue 9 of Table Talk is available

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, January 28, 2016

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Summit on Inequality and Higher Education Feb. 10

Inequality has come to define the state of Connecticut. In 2015, we became the state with one of the largest income gaps between the top 1 percent and the bottom 99 percent. Connecticut also has the highest achievement gap in the nation.

Join CSU-AAUP Feb. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for our Summit on Inequality and the Crisis of Public Higher Education. We will examine inequality in our state and look at how higher education can pave the way to better economic and social equality. We also will discuss how decreased funding for public higher education puts all that at risk.

The summit will be held at CCSU’s Memorial Hall in the Constitution Room.  The keynote address will be at 12:15 p.m. by Bill Fletcher, Jr. of the TransAfrica Forum and the Institute for Policy Studies. Come for an hour or stay all day. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Come listen to the issues and be part of the solution!

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January Union News

The January edition of Union News is now available online.  Click here to read it.

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Table Talk December 17, 2015, and January 14, 2016

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, December 17 2015, and January 14, 2016

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Students, faculty lend support at BOR meeting

Students, faculty and staff came out in support of quality public higher education by attending the Jan. 21, 2016, Connecticut Board of Regents Meeting in Hartford. Donning their red CSU-AAUP shirts and carrying Fair Contract signs, the attendees made their concerns known to the regents by speaking publicly at the meeting and also simply by making their presence felt in the room. There is indeed strength in numbers. Kudos to all who joined in support!

Click here to read a statement given by ECSU Professor Edmond Chibeau, Ph.D.

Click here to see a statement read by CCSU student Anthony Huaqui.

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Join CSU-AAUP in a celebration of MLK

With the middle class shrinking, wages stagnating, voting rights under attack, and the rights of people to join in collective bargaining at risk, the need to unite together in a common struggle is paramount.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, the weekend of Martin Luther King Day, please join CSU-AAUP and fellow state employees, as well as community and civil rights organizations in a show of unity and commitment to continuing King’s fight to end racial and economic inequality.

The event, “A Celebration of Unity, Equality & Democracy,” will bring together stakeholders to work on creating a common agenda for creating lasting positive change.

Endorsing organizations include civil rights organizations such as the Hartford and Danbury NAACP and Open Communities Alliance; labor organizations such as the Connecticut AFL-CIO and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition; and community groups such as the Connecticut Center for a New Economy and Common Cause.

Click here to see a flyer about the event.

What: MLK, Jr. weekend kickoff event for new alliance of labor, community, and civil rights organizations

When: Saturday, January 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Where: Bethel AME Church, 1154 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, Conn. 06002

Who: All who care about racial and social justice, rising inequality, a shrinking middle class and a thriving democracy.

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2015 Quotation Of The Year Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that at its December 10, 2015, meeting the CSU-AAUP Council gave, by unanimous vote, its 2015 Quotation of the Year Award to the following statement made by Mr. Nicholas M. Donofrio, Chairman of the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, at the Board’s meeting in Hartford on December 3, 2015.

“Nobody argues about the need for a liberal arts base in education. I mean, everyone does have to be able to walk, talk and chew gum at some point in time – as well as whatever else they do for a living if it’s different.”

 

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Faculty Senates Pass Statement Critical of BOR Contract Proposals

Faculty/University Senates at Southern, Central and Western Connecticut State Universities have unanimously passed a statement calling for the Board of Regents to bargain in good faith. Stating the BOR proposals are “misguided, troubling, and, in the end, will leave our students woefully disadvantaged,” the statement signals a deep concern across the statewide system that academic excellence and even program accreditation could be negatively impacted by these BOR proposals.

To read the statement, click here.

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Table Talk, December 10, 2015

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, December 10, 2015

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Table Talk, December 3, 2015

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, December 3, 2015

 

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Memo from CSU-AAUP President Vijay Nair

On December 8, 2015, CSU-AAUP President Vijay Nair sent the following memo to all members.

Click here to see the memo.

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CSU Connects 2015

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CCSU Student Government Association Resolution

On Thursday, November 19, 2015, the CCSU Student Government Association passed unanimously a Resolution In Support of Quality Higher Education. We applaud their efforts and passion at defending quality public higher education in Connecticut. Contract Resolution

 

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Time to step up, not shut up

Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian spoke on WNPR’s “Where We Live” show Monday morning about the AAUP Contract Proposals.  He made it clear that the BOR’s proposals are still on the table.

Although one “drafting” error had been corrected, Ojakian is still demanding “flexibility” to fire tenured faculty members, to move faculty to different schools, and to close down departments in order to create “efficiencies” and “consolidate” the system.  He wants faculty to “sacrifice” so the BOR can save money.

Ojakian also called for faculty to “back down” — to tone down the “rhetoric” and stop our rallies, protests, posters, and email campaigns.  We see no reason to back down.  It is imperative that ALL faculty members work to support our contract campaign and show the BOR that our opposition is not just hot air. We cannot stop these proposals without everyone’s help.

 Here are three things you need to do now:

1. Come to the December 3 rally at the BOR.  The rally starts at 9:30am.  Buses will leave ECSU, SCSU, and WCSU at 8am and CCSU at 9am.  If you would like a seat let the AAUP office know: MalinowskiM@mail.ccsu.edu.  Feel free to drive to 61 Woodland St. on your own.  Bring friends and family.  Tell students about the rally and encourage them to go.  If you cannot come to the rally, get someone to go in your place.

2. Go to the website http://www.ct-higheredmatters.org/action/ and use the links provided to send emails or make calls to the BOR/legislators and express your opposition to the proposals.

3. Sign our petition (which we will present to the BOR on Dec. 3) and get others to sign it as well. https://www.change.org/p/csu-aaup-support-a-fair-contract-for-faculty?recruiter=418769622&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

 

 

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Table Talk, November 12, 2015

The most recent Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, November 12, 2015

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Table Talk November 5, 2015

The most recent issue of Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, November 5, 2015

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Table Talk, October 29, 2015

The most recent issue of Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, October 29, 2015

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Table Talk, October 19, 2015

Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk, October 19, 2015

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Table Talk October 5, 2015

Table Talk is now available and can be read here. Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contact negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP. Table Talk is written by members of the CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team.

Table Talk October 5, 2015

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SEBAC v. Rowland Settlement

As communicated to CSU-AAUP members previously, a settlement was reached in the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit.  If you were an employee of the State of Connecticut as of November 17, 2002, and were a member of a bargaining unit designated as an exclusive bargaining representative pursuant to the State Employee Collective Bargaining Act, you could get a payment from the proposed class action settlement.  Please read the Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement by clicking here.

If you wish to seek more information on the SEBAC v. Rowland lawsuit, please click the following link to class counsel’s website:  www.sgtlaw.com/class-action-sebac-v-john-g-rowland/

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Hurdles on the Horizon Conference

Faculty and staff from the four CSUs, state community colleges, Charter Oak State College, and the CSCU Board of Regents joined together recently at Manchester Community College for Hurdles on the Horizon: Governance & Student Success in the Connecticut State College & University System, a conference sponsored by the Faculty Advisory Committee to the CSCU Board of Regents for Higher Education. Keynote speaker was Dr. Henry Reichman, Chair of the AAUP Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. Dr. Reichman spoke on the current hurdles facing academic freedom and shared governance. He said the most dangerous threat to academic freedom is apathy and he urged faculty and staff to take an active role in defending the freedoms that are key to every university and college. Interactive workshops were held throughout the day on topics ranging from students-centered learning to advising and teaching online and on campus to building shared governance. Dr. Gregory Gray, CSCU Board of Regents President, addressed attendees during the lunch break.

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CSU-AAUP launches blog with stories of faculty research and community service

CSU faculty are often an overlooked resource for the State of Connecticut. In addition to teaching a four course load per semester, you engage in original research, often providing valuable opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in research. CSU faculty serve as valuable resources in their communities, by performing service and research that assists local organizations and/or governmental entities. Yet, these contributions are often unacknowledged in the public discourse on higher education in our state. Therefore, CSU-AAUP has launched a marketing campaign with Words@Work. The campaign is designed to highlight and promote the work of CSU faculty, librarians, coaches, and counselors. Please visit our new blog, CSU CONNects and like us on Facebook! Help us get the word out about these resources. Share them with your friends!

Do you have interesting research or community service to add to the campaign? Email Meagan Maguire at meagan@wordsatwork.us.

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Q&A on Cigna serving as sole dental provider

CSU-AAUP received a number of questions and comments following the announcement that through competitive bidding, Cigna was selected as the sole provider of dental coverage for Connecticut employees and retirees beginning July 1, 2014. The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) has put together a Q&A document to answer questions about this change.

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HEP Compliance

While the Health Enhancement Program has already begun showing positive results in terms of improving health and lowering costs, there have been many glitches and imperfections in its beginning years of implementation.  Many state employees are still listed as non-compliant, and still struggling with the frustrations caused by startup glitches, and we want to be clear about how the process moves forward for those employees.  Attached please find a document prepared by SEBAC offering guidance for state employees and dependents for any Health Enhancement Program (HEP) compliance issues.

If you have received information from CMS indicating that you are non-compliant, you should contact them directly ( at 877-687-1448 or www.cthep.com) to ascertain the nature of the non-compliance and attempt to resolve the non-compliance requirements. If you are unsuccessful in  resolving the issue(s) of non-compliance, you should email Steve Greatorex at greatorexs@ccsu.edu detailing the nature of your compliance issue(s).

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A Night with Students and Alumni of the CSU System

On January 23, 2014, eleven students and alumni of the four CSU campuses were invited by CSU-AAUP to speak about the impact of a CSU education on their lives.  Video of the compelling stories the students and alumni shared can be viewed here (Part 1; Part 2).

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New “Breakpoint” Agreement Improves Tiers 2, 2a, 3 & Hybrid Pensions

  • Increases for all members in Tiers 2, 2a & 3 and the Hybrid retiring on or after July 1, 2013
  • Change in pension multiplier affects all, but targets lower-paid employees

A recent improvement to the formula used to calculate state employee pensions means that all participants in the State Employee Retirement Systems (SERS) in Tier 2, Tier 2a and Tier 3 who retire on or after July 1, 2013 will be receiving larger pension checks.

On Friday, January 17th, SEBAC unions and the State agreed to adopt a proposal recommended by a rank and file committee to increase the multiplier in the formula that is used to calculate the pensions on the portion of our income that falls below the “Breakpoint.”    This change implements the part of the 2011 SEBAC Agreement that required that the State designate .5% of payroll (about $35 million annually) beginning in July of 2013 to address certain problems that developed over time in the pension formula. These problems affect everyone, but have a particularly strong impact on lower-paid employees. The former multiplier (1.33% on the below-Breakpoint portion of our income), has been increased to 1.4%.  The effect of this change will be combined with what the Committee — working with the pension plan’s actuaries — found was already likely to occur  under current language in the SEBAC agreement, which is that the yearly increase in the Breakpoint will moderate from 6% to 4% in future years.   For a longer and more detailed description of the background and the negotiations that led up to this improvement, please click here.

While the change might sound small, the multiplier has a strong effect on the pension calculation. The chart below demonstrates the difference this change, along with the moderation of the yearly increase already in the current agreement, makes for people with different final average earnings at the time they retire.

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“Salary Anomalies” and the Hybrid Retirement Plan

Are you in the Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) and interested in transferring to the Hybrid Retirement Plan but think you have a “salary anomaly?” Do you already have a “salary anomaly” review case pending? If so, please review the following information, including the definition of “salary anomaly.”

There have been obstacles to getting resolution on individual salary anomaly cases, including (1) the need to get “verification of the facts” from your university HR Office, and (2) the inefficiency of the requests being submitted over a lengthy period of time.  SEBAC and the State have agreed to provide the attached form to members that must be completed and signed by staff in the university HR office verifying the facts of your individual case. This will help to expedite the process. In most cases there shouldn’t be any problems, but if staff in the HR office are unwilling to sign the form, please contact Steve Greatorex (greatorexs@ccsu.edu). Once you have your Salary Anomaly Verification form completed, send a copy to Steve Greatorex (greatorexs@ccsu.edu) for submission.

If you have a “salary anomaly” review case pending and have not submitted this form, please do so. Once you have your Salary Anomaly Verification form completed, send a copy to Steve Greatorex (greatorexs@ccsu.edu) for submission. In addition, please sign and submit the Anomaly Request form.

In an attempt to consolidate the many salary anomaly review cases, we would strongly encourage members to get requests in by March 1, 2014, so that the review of these requests can be done in batches and not one at a time.  

Further Information

The definition of salary anomaly is a highly unusual payment which makes it irrational to use the person’s highest year of earnings as a predictor of their final average earnings. For example, there has been the general understanding that things like additional earnings through summer courses are common and can easily occur during the final three years, so they are not an “anomaly” and count towards purchase price. However, a temporary assignment as an acting dean could be considered an anomaly.

As of March 2013, SEBAC Leadership had approved the following guidance for salary anomaly issues:

(1)  One time grants do not count towards the purchase of past service (i.e. should be deducted if it’s in the person’s highest year).  If the grant is in the person’s actual 3 highest for retirement, it won’t count towards Final Average Earnings (FAE).

(2)  For department chairs, current department chairs may not subtract their additional earnings as a “salary anomaly” because they could continue in that role until retirement and therefore it would be in their final pay. However, past department chairs can exclude their pay from their highest year, but if they do so, that pay also would not count towards FAE if that year was in their three highest for FAE purposes.

(3) Summer School Salary is not an “anomaly” (see above).

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2014 CSU-AAUP Research Grants Guidelines

Please find a copy of the guidelines for the CSU-AAUP Research Grants Spring 2014 Competition here. Applicants for University Research Grants must be full-time members of the faculty and must remain on the faculty of the university originating the proposal for the duration of the grant-supported activity, including the project reporting phase.  Faculty planning sabbatical leaves are eligible for a grant.  Faculty members on unpaid leave are not eligible to apply.

Proposals are due on Friday January 31, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Please see the guidelines for detailed information.

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Part-time faculty and the Affordable Care Act

How will the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect part-time faculty and staff who work at state colleges and universities?  Should some state employees investigate purchasing individual insurance through the ACA? Read the attached memo to find out.

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SEBAC responds to press reports about the Hybrid Plan

Recent media reports have created some confusion about the impact of the newly created Hybrid Plan – and particularly of employees who exercise their right to move from the ARP to the Hybrid Plan – on the finances of the State Colleges and Universities and the State. Please see the statement from SEBAC about this matter.

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Join the CSU-AAUP Part-time Listserv

Last spring, CSU-AAUP held a conference for part-time faculty from all four campuses to share experiences, ideas and concerns regarding part-time employment and teaching and to encourage part-time faculty involvement in campus activities and the AAUP.

The conference concluded with a discussion of potential solutions and as a result of that discussion, the CSU-AAUP agreed to setup a listserv for our part-time faculty.

 To join the listserv, please go here and follow the instructions. Please use a personal, non-campus, email account to sign up. 

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Collective Bargaining Agreement – Modified 2007-2016 Version Now Online

CSU-AAUP and Management have incorporated the changes from the May 27, 2011 Contract Modification Agreement into the 2007 – 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). There were several reasons for this, including 1) a shortage of printed copies; 2) extension of the Agreement until August 2016; and 3) confusion caused by the need to consult several documents in order to determine minimum and maximum salaries as well as other provisions agreed to by the 5/27/11 Contract Modification Agreement.

The updated version can be found on the CSU-AAUP website here.

 

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CSU Presentations on Defined Contribution Plan “Asset Allocation Made Easier” Portfolios

The State of Connecticut and ING have teamed up with Morningstar Associates, a provider of investment advisory services for the retirement plan industry, to offer eight blended risk-based investment portfolios through the “Asset Allocation Made Easier” program for employees in the Defined Contribution Plans ( ARP, 403(b), 457). While using asset allocation as part of your investment strategy neither assures nor guarantees better performance and cannot protect against loss in declining markets, it is a well-recognized risk management strategy. However, not everyone may be comfortable, or feel they have the time, to map out a strategy on their own. These “Asset Allocation Made Easier” portfolios are designed to meet a specific risk profile and help make asset allocation easier.

Join ING Investment Adviser Marty Baron for an overview of the eight risk-based investment model portfolios. Please see the attached flyer and brochure for more information.

The schedule of presentations is as follows:

CCSU

September 12

3-5pm

Vance 105

 

ECSU

September 13

2-4pm

Goddard 100

 

WCSU

September 17

3-5pm

Theatre

 

SCSU

September 23

3-5pm

Student Center Theatre

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