SAVE BorrowIT from 100 Percent Defunding

HARTFORD, March 29, 2017 – Has your public library ever borrowed a book or video for you from another library because yours didn’t have it? What a great service!

Governor Malloy’s budget would end that service. Please read the message here from the CT Library Association and contact your legislators!

The borrowIT CT program needs your support!  Take Action NOW!

BorrowIT CT is a cooperative program among public libraries in Connecticut that allows a resident in the state who holds a valid library card to borrow materials from any of the 192 participating public libraries. Using their hometown cards, non-residents may borrow any of the materials that participating libraries lend to their local borrowers.

The Governor’s proposed budget for FY2018 – FY2019 ELIMINATES ALL FUNDING for borrowIT CT ($781,820 in cuts each year)

This program has been in existence since 1973 and has been a successful example of regionalization and resource sharing.

Last year throughout the state, 3,891,944 items were loaned – that is approximately $58.4 million dollars worth of materials. These materials are not just for pleasure reading – they are resources on education, employment, and difficult personal topics. In our state, that is almost 4 million opportunities for personal growth, self-directed education, and self-improvement. Our town, our state, and our country are much better places when our residents and citizens have access to vital resources on education, employment, and personal growth.

Please support our state libraries with full restoration of borrowIT CT funding and let’s keep Connecticut libraries in the business of sharing.

Use our online advocacy center to send a pre-drafted, editable letter to the Governor, your State Senator and Representative. Just enter your address and our system will direct your letter to your members inbox!

CLICK HERE to Take Action NOW!

Sincerely,

The CLA Legislative Committee

 

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Connecticut State Conference AAUP Annual Spring Meeting

2017 CSC-AAUP DinnerThe year’s Annual Spring Meeting for the Connecticut State Conference of the American Association of University Professors features keynote speaker Cornell Labor and Employment Law Chair Risa Liberwitz. She is also General Counsel of the national AAUP and has served as a member of the AAUP Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

The dinner meeting is Friday, May 12, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. to  9 p.m and is being held at The Graduate Club, 155 Elm Street, New Haven, CT.

The event is free to all CCSU-AAUP, ECSU-AAUP, SCSU-AAUP and WCSU-AAUP members. Please click here for more details about the evening and how to register.

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National AAUP leaders speak out on threats to faculty, higher education

Washington, D.C. – Shortly after the 2016 election, the AAUP warned that we could be facing the greatest threat to academic freedom since the McCarthy period. It now appears that such a warning was not misplaced. Extremists in the administration, Congress, and several state houses have created an atmosphere in which “alternative facts” reign supreme, and which encourages the introduction of legislation that threatens the core principles of our democracy.

The latest examples of extreme legislation come from Iowa and North Carolina. In Iowa, a bill has been introduced that would prohibit the hiring of a professor or instructor at a public university or college if his or her most recent party affiliation would “cause the percentage of the faculty belonging to one political party to exceed by 10 percent” the percentage of the faculty belonging to the other dominant party.

In North Carolina, legislation (since tabled) was introduced that would require tenure-track and tenured faculty members to “reflect the ideological balance of the citizens of the state,” so that no campus “shall have a faculty ideological balance of greater or less than 2 percent of the ideological balance” of North Carolinians.

Many may rightly believe that  initiatives like these cannot pass and that if passed they would be overturned immediately by the courts. However, the introduction of such legislation has a chilling effect. Moreover, implicit in these proposals is the demand that prospective and current faculty members disclose their political affiliations and personal political views as a condition of employment, which is precisely what happened during the McCarthy period.

The AAUP opposes in the strongest terms any legislation that would create an ideological or political litmus test as a qualification for employment as a faculty member at a university or college. Our commitment to academic freedom is rooted in a vision of democracy that thrives on dissent, critical inquiry, free speech, and free research. We will continue to join with other organizations to resist threats to academic freedom, legislative intrusions into higher education, and harassment of faculty.

Your membership has never been more important. Support the work of the AAUP on these issues by donating to the AAUP Foundation.

In solidarity,
Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, AAUP
Hank Reichman, First Vice-President, AAUP and Chair of Committee A on Academic Freedom


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Thousands descend on Capitol for Labor Committee hearing

Hartford, CT – Union Strong was the message of the day on Feb. 21 when thousands of union members – public and private sector workers alike – descended on the Capitol to push back legislation that would take away collective bargaining rights. Other legislation introduced Feb. 21 sought to raise the threshold for prevailing wage requirements on construction projects in Connecticut. That bill also faced tremendous opposition from union members.

CSU-AAUP leaders and members testified at both the Feb. 21 Labor Committee hearing and the Feb. 15 Appropriations Higher Education hearing to advocate for adequate funding for public higher education and to protect collective bargaining rights. Elena on CTN (2)

Click here to read more in the latest issue of Capitol Monitor.

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Proposed bill would “manage” faculty out of their rights

NEW BRITAIN, Feb. 23, 2017 –  With a plethora of anti-union and anti-state worker bills being introduced this session in the Connecticut General Assembly, there is one that stands out as the most egregious from a faculty perspective.

SB 596 AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF A MANAGERIAL EMPLOYEE would reclassify faculty at the four CSUs as managers, thereby making faculty ineligible to engage in collective bargaining.

Introduced by Sen. Len Fasano, a Republican representing the 34th district, SB 596 is an unbridled attempt to bring the 1980 Supreme Court Yeshiva decision to Connecticut public colleges and universities. In 2015, in a decision about the bargaining unit at Pacific Lutheran University, the NLRB began to walk back Yeshiva. National AAUP played a major roll in winning that Pacific Lutheran decision. Click here to read the case and the AAUP legal department’s analysis.

Be prepared for more legislative alerts and calls to action to beat down this bill and many others making their way through legislative committees. Make no mistake, bills like SB 596 – and many others being proposed – would directly affect academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance. If passed into law, they would be the death knell of quality public higher education in Connecticut.

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CSU-AAUP Officer Nominations Underway

Message on behalf of the CSU-AAUP Nominations/Elections Committee: Russell Gladstone WCSU, Chr.; Theresa Bouley ECSU; Sue Holt, CCSU; Zak Tomczak, SCSU

The CSU-AAUP Constitution requires us to elect new officers in odd-numbered years. Therefore, we are soliciting nominations for the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer, all to serve two-year terms commencing June 1, 2017.

Click here for the CSU-AAUP Nominations Request Form. On the reverse side of this form you will find a brief description of the duties associated with various offices. Please send all nomination forms to Russ Gladstone, Chair, CSU-AAUP Nominations/Elections Committee c/o CSU-AAUP, Marcus White Hall, Room 319.

CSU-AAUP members may nominate themselves or any other member for any position as officer. Use this form and facsimiles to nominate as many people as you like. Nominees must be CSU-AAUP members. The chair of the Nominations/Elections Committee will accept nominations until 12:00 noon on Thursday March 2nd. E-Voting will commence on or about April 3rd and end at noon on April 14th. On April 14th the ballots will be tabulated electronically. The results will be announced via email and a Newsletter announcing the election results will subsequently be distributed.

For questions, contact Michelle Malinowski at 860-832-3790.

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Call to Action -Testify in Support of Higher Educaiton

NEW BRITAIN, Feb. 13, 2017 – CSU-AAUP members know why higher education matters to a community, a state, a society, and a nation. Now is the time to share this knowledge with the legislators who control the lifeblood funding of our Connecticut State Universities. Join CSU-AAUP at the Legislative Office Building Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. to testify before the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee about why higher education must be funded adequately and not on the backs of students or their families. Check out the most recent issue of Capitol Monitor for details on testifying or email Liz Newberg.

 

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How wrong they are about “Right to Work”

January 23, 2017, – Right to Work legislation threatened to rear its ugly head this last week in the Labor and Public Employees Committee. Thankfully, that effort was quashed but there is more where that came from. Check out the latest Capitol Monitor for a list of negative bills that were unleashed on the legislature that take specific aim at state employees and unions.  And then join us at our Day of Action this Thursday to fight for quality public higher education. Higher education is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for today’s economy.

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New legislative session off to a roaring start

New Britain, Jan. 9, 2017 – The start of the 2017 Legislative Session saw many changes in leadership and committee chairs, as well as the introduction of legislation that is nothing more than attempts at union busting and attacks on state workers.

Click here to read the January 9, 2017, issue of Capitol Monitor and read all about it.

Then email Liz Newberg and sign up for our Day of Action for Public Higher Education on Jan. 26, 2017.

Join in the fight to protect public higher education as a public good.

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And so it begins…CSU-AAUP responds to Governor’s State of the State Address

HARTFORD, Jan. 4, 2017 – Gov. Malloy’s reference to “state employee concessions” during his State of the State address may give some the impression that the governor expects a small minority of the population to resolve Connecticut’s fiscal challenges. The reality is that the scope of the problems facing us all requires a broader, far more comprehensive approach.

As always, our union is willing to work with state elected leaders to find a way forward in a difficult economic environment. Our members do important work and are an economic asset.

Click here for the Economic Policy Institute Study on CT Public Sector Workers.

But we are not willing to be scapegoats or political cover for legislators unwilling to make better choices. We are not willing to abandon our defense of public services and public higher education — and the women and men who provide them — that make Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Click here for the news article Connecticut a great place to do business.

Members of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) are already providing over $1 billion dollars annually in ongoing budget savings. Over the past eight years they have ratified two separate agreements to sacrifice wages and benefits in exchange for protecting the vital services they provide for residents.

Click here for the 2011 cost-savings agreement with the Malloy Administration.

If millionaires and billionaires contributed a percentage of their income in taxes equivalent to that which working families already pay, lawmakers would have a $1 billion surplus at their disposal. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Connecticut’s state and local tax system is the 26th most regressive in the nation.

Click here for more on our state’s unfair tax system.

That simple fact alone is reason enough to demand real tax fairness — and for an adequately-funded state government that is able to provide the services that everyday people need.

While union members have time and again been willing to do their part, Connecticut’s budget issues cannot be resolved on the backs of middle class families. Nor can they be fixed by passing the burden to local communities or by decimating public higher education, public safety and other vital services our citizens deserve.

Last year’s experience in Connecticut proved it is impossible to balance budgets — let alone improve the economy, create decent jobs or reduce inequality — through cuts alone.

Click here for an economic analysis on the failure of austerity policies.

The truly “balanced and responsible” solution that the governor seeks calls for Connecticut’s wealthiest citizens and largest corporations to pay their fair share in taxes.

 

 

 

 

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Goodbye ugly sweaters; hello ugly session

December’s Union News takes a look at the upcoming legislative session, including a list of pre-filed bills that are anti-worker and anti-immigrant, as well as a letter from the Office of Policy and Management on the burgeoning budget deficit. These are all ingredients that make for another ugly legislative session in 2017. This is why your attendance at the Day of Action for Public Higher Education on Jan. 26 is imperative. Details of this day are in the December newsletter. Please come to show your support of quality public higher education. Every voice counts and together we will be heard.

Also included in December’s Union News is information about the insidious Professor Watch List and how to push back against its chilling effects, as well as an update on contract negotiations from CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia.

To read December’s Union News, click here.

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Latest version of Table Talk is available

The latest version of Table Talk is now available. This Table Talk is a summary of Session 19, which occurred on Nov. 28, 2016. To read it, please click here.

Table Talk is produced by members of our CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team as a regular update to keep you informed of developments in each negotiating session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP.

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Save the Date! Day of Action to Defend Public Higher Education Jan. 26, 2017

Save the Date! Day of Action to Defend Public Higher Education Jan. 26

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November issue of Union News is available

This month’s issue of Union News, CSU-AAUP’s monthly online newsletter, includes updates on contract negotiations from CSU-AAUP President and Chief Negotiator Elena Tapia. Also included is information on a Higher Education Day of Action, which is a state-wide effort being planned for January with other unions, students and community groups in support of quality public higher education.

To read the November issue of Union News, please click here.

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A message from the CSU-AAUP President

Dear CSU-AAUP Members:

The Malloy administration requested to meet informally with SEBAC Leaders, and that discussion occurred November 23, 2016. The parties plan to meet informally again. Union leaders will brief their leadership bodies and negotiating committees. Further briefings and information will be available, if discussions continue.

Elena Tapia
CSU-AAUP President

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Join AAUP in fighting for public higher education

Join the AAUP in saying no to Donald Trump’s idea of higher education. The Trump model involves fraudulent, corporatized education vs. a higher education system that serves the common good. Join the AAUP in fighting for higher education for the common good.   Sign onto our pledge.

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October’s CSU-AAUP Union News

The October issue of CSU-AAUP’s monthly newsletter Union News is available here.

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CSU-AAUP releases statement

CSU-AAUP leadership released a statement October 28, 2016, concerning a recent online political ad from Labor United. Click here to view the statement.

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Latest Table Talk is available

The CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team resumed contract negotiations with the Board of Regents negotiating team on October 24, 2016. Please click here to see the latest Table Talk, produced by members of our CSU-AAUP Negotiating Team to keep you informed of developments in each negotiating session.

Table Talk will be provided to you as a regular update after each contract negotiation session between the Board of Regents and CSU-AAUP.

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CSU-AAUP PAC announces candidate endorsements

CSU-AAUP’s Political Action Committee has made their endorsements of candidates in the 2016 election for the Connecticut General Assembly. Click HERE to see CSU-AAUP PAC’s  list of candidate endorsements.

If you’re not sure who your legislator is, please click here to find out. CSU-AAUP encourages all eligible AAUP members to vote on Nov. 8 in the general election. If you’re not sure where to vote, click here to find your polling place.

Through legislation affecting quality public higher education, the Connecticut General Assembly has a significant impact on the four Connecticut State Universities, their faculty, and students. As a result, the make-up of the Connecticut legislature is critically important to CSU.

This past summer, to determine which candidates to endorse, the CSU-AAUP Political Action Committee mailed questionnaires to all candidates for the Connecticut General Assembly. These questionnaires allowed the PAC to determine candidates’ views on public higher education, among other things. The candidate responses helped guide endorsements that the committee has made for this Nov. 8 election.

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CSU-AAUP stands in solidarity with Pennsylvania faculty

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Learn about social justice south of the border

Kidnappings, political persecutions, assassinations, land and water-grabs. These are some of the harrowing social justice issues facing our neighbors to the south. Come see and hear from Mexican social justice leaders and advocates when the Caravan Against Repression in Mexico visits CCSU Oct. 21 at Davidson Hall’s Torp Theater. A reception with refreshments will be held between 4 and 6 p.m. followed by a discussion from 6 to 9 p.m. All are welcome and the event is free. This event is sponsored in part by CSU-AAUP.mexican-event-at-ccsu

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Sign the pledge to be a Higher Education Voter

Please click here  and pledge to be a Higher Education Voter and vote for candidates this election year who support quality public higher education. This national pledge drive is brought to you by Faculty Forward. Public higher education has been facing a dramatic disinvestment over decades. The time has come to reverse this trend. Every vote matters and together we will affect positive change! copy-of-seiuff-2016-4003c_1200x630-20percent

 

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Call for Nominations for CSU-AAUP Vice President

From the CSU-AAUP Nominations/Elections Committee: Russell Gladstone WCSU, Chr.; Theresa Bouley ECSU; Sue Holt, CCSU; Zak Tomczak, SCSU

September 19, 2016 – Pursuant to the CSU-AAUP Constitution, on June 1, Elena Tapia, Linguistics, ECSU, former CSU-AAUP vice president, assumed the office of president after the resignation of Vijay Nair on May 31, 2016. This left a vacancy in the office of vice president. President Tapia appointed Patricia O’Neill, Psychology, WCSU, as interim vice president, however, since the length of the unexpired term of vice president is more than six months (May 31, 2017), the CSU-AAUP Constitution requires that a special election be held. Therefore, we are soliciting nominations for the office of vice president to serve through May 31, 2017. Click here to see the Nominations Form and a description of the CSU-AAUP officer positions.

CSU-AAUP members may nominate themselves or any other member for vice president. Use the attached Nominations form and facsimiles to nominate as many people as you like. Nominees must be CSU-AAUP members. The Nominations/Elections Committee will accept nominations until noon on Monday October 17th. The e-voting will commence on or about November 7th and end at noon on November 21st. On November 21st the ballots will be tabulated automatically. The results will be announced via email and a newsletter announcing the election results will subsequently be distributed.

 

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September’s Issue of Union News

Check out the latest Union News from CSU-AAUP here.

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CSU-AAUP signs contract extension agreement

With the current Collective Bargaining Agreement set to expire August 25, 2016, CSU-AAUP has signed a contract extension agreement with the Board of Regents. The agreement was signed by both parties on July 19, 2016.

Please click here to see a copy of the signed contract extension agreement.

Please click here to see a list of questions and answers on the contract extension agreement, which were developed by the CSU-AAUP leadership.

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Gallo & Robinson Issues 2016 Legislative Report for CSU-AAUP

CSU-AAUP enlists the services of Gallo & Robinson, a leading lobbying firm at the state capitol. With the help of Gallo & Robinson, CSU-AAUP members and staff work to advocate for legislation and state policies that will benefit public higher education in Connecticut.

To read Gallo & Robinson’s full 2016 Legislative Report for CSU-AAUP, please click here.

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SEBAC Response to Austerity Budget

As the Connecticut General Assembly votes this week on the state budget, SEBAC issued a statement responding to the draconian cuts that exist in the latest budget version negotiated between Democratic leaders and Governor Malloy. Read the SEBAC statement  here.

And to correct some misimpressions that legislators may have had regarding negotiations to avoid state employee layoffs, SEBAC Chief Negotiator sent a letter of clarification to the legislature May 11 stating: “The administration made no offer to SEBAC or its constituent unions to eliminate layoffs.”  You can read Attorney Livingston’s letter here.

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Newest Table Talk is available

Table Talk is written by the CSU-AAUP negotiating team after each negotiating session and distributed to members. To read the most recent issue of Table Talk, please click here.

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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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