Board of Regent’s College Consolidation Plan Raises Red Flags

HARTFORD – Faculty from the four Connecticut State Universities continue to question a plan raised by Board of Regent’s President Mark Ojakian last spring and that is being voted on by the BOR Thursday, Dec. 14. The plan, called Students First, would consolidate Connecticut’s 12 community colleges into a single system.

While being touted as a savings strategy to help lift the state-wide higher education system out of deficit, the plan’s financial details are foggy to say the least, especially when considering a plan of this magnitude, according to Elena Tapia, president of Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors. CSU-AAUP represents faculty, counselors, coaches, trainers, and librarians at the four Connecticut State Universities.

“The plan offers no real evidence or overall balance sheet to support claims of saving millions of dollars for a system that has been bled dry by continued state funding cuts,” said President Tapia. “Combined with the centralization of control for each college and threats to their accreditation, it is stunning to see the Board of Regents throwing caution to the wind and moving forward on implementing such a nebulous restructuring plan.”

An August 2017 letter from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which is the accrediting body for the 12 community colleges and the four state universities, conveyed significant concerns about Students First negatively affecting CSCU campuses’ abilities to meet accreditation standards.

“Consolidations like the one being planned rarely result in long-term cost savings,” President Tapia said. “What’s worse is it stands to jeopardize the very public higher education institutions tasked with educating Connecticut’s future leaders.

“Instead of cuts and consolidation, the powers that be should turn their efforts to raising revenue for our state’s public higher education system. Enough of tax policies at state and national levels that put the greatest burden on working and middle class students and their families. Our elected and appointed leaders must stop bowing down to corporate and special interests and do the right thing for the future of our state.

“Investments – not cuts – in public higher education are investments in our state’s future. When public higher education thrives, communities thrive and that means Connecticut thrives.”


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November Union News Is Here

NEW BRITAIN – The November Issue of Union News is available here and comes complete with a message from CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia on the latest contract-related issues facing faculty, as well as CSU faculty response to the Students First plan.

Also in this edition is a report on Campus Equity Week activities, information on the Connecticut Dreamers’ conference at SCSU, as well as news of a resolution to the Anthem and Hartford HealthCare impasse.

Please click here to read the November Union News.


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A Message From CSU-AAUP President On The Hartford HealthCare, Anthem Impasse

NEW BRITAIN – Like many other union sisters and brothers, CSU-AAUP members and retirees have been caught up in a power struggle between Anthem and Hartford HealthCare.

On November 3, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition sent a letter to HHC CEO Elliott Joseph urging HHC to stop using its patients – and our members – as pawns in a power grab to rake in even more profits and gain even more market share in the healthcare arena at the expense of patients and their families. This is just the latest in coordinated efforts with our labor partners to end the weeks-long impasse.

Click here to read a statement from CSU-AAUP on the deadlock.

Hartford HealthCare’s failure to accept a temporary solution that would have enabled patients to receive critical medical treatment at in-network rates has burdened not only our members, but other patients from across Connecticut. While SEBAC leaders specifically spoke as the representatives for over 40,000 state employees, our coalition is advocating for all those affected by this stalemate.

If you have faced hardship since this impasse began on October 1, we’d like to hear from you. CSU-AAUP’s advocacy is more effective when we can cite examples of delayed treatment or procedures, lack of access to physicians or specialists, and higher out-out-network rates.

Click here to share the impact of the HHC/Anthem dispute on you or your family.

On a positive note, pressure is mounting from all sides to encourage HHC and Anthem to come to an agreement so that its patients can access the affordable care they need and deserve. After SEBAC sent its letter to Hartford HealthCare, other large companies in Connecticut joined the call for an end to HHC’s patient care mess. Consumer groups also have joined SEBAC in calling for the health care giant to put patients first and solve this impasse.

An article in the November 12 Hartford Courant calls attention to how patients from across Connecticut are delaying doctor appointments and forgoing important medical care as they remain caught in the battle between Anthem and Hartford HealthCare.

The Hartford Courant editorial board weighed in on this impasse, calling on Governor Malloy to intervene. Meanwhile, Governor Malloy’s office expressed increasing concern and said that a resolution should be found immediately.

On November 13 Anthem proposed mediation, but by November 15 Hartford HealthCare refused.

Throughout this health care debacle, CSU-AAUP remains a staunch supporter of your benefits and health care. Rest assured, we and our allies in the labor movement are doing all possible to find a solution that will benefit you and your families.

In solidarity,


Elena Tapia
CSU-AAUP President
ECSU, English/Linguistics

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SEBAC Sends Letter To Hartford Healthcare: Stop Using Our Members As Pawns

In response to the countless CSU-AAUP members and retirees caught up in a power struggle between Anthem and Hartford Healthcare and who are facing loss of access to doctors and mounting medical costs, the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition today sent a letter to Hartford Healthcare CEO Elliott Joseph.

In the letter, SEBAC urges Hartford Healthcare to stop using its patients – and our members – as pawns in a power grab to rake in even more profits and gain even more market share in the healthcare arena at the expense of patients and their families.

“Our members’ disappointment in such an attitude from an organization whose mission it is to care for people and their families cannot be overstated,” the letter states.

“Indeed, we doubt that many of Hartford Healthcare’s dedicated doctors and health care professionals support this cavalier approach to their patients…Hartford Healthcare’s patients are its life blood, and its moral responsibility.”

Click here to read the full letter from SEBAC to Hartford Healthcare CEO Elliott Joseph.

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The CSU-AAUP Annual Report For Academic Year 2016-2017

The CSU-AAUP Annual Report for academic year 2016-2017 can be read here.

In it, you will find news of the busy year that CSU-AAUP leadership and members had as we pushed back against austerity budgets and attacks on collective bargaining, while also fighting to protect quality public higher education.

Any union is only as strong as its collective members, and this AY 2016-2017 Annual Report is testament to the incredible strength of our members and our cause.

CSU-AAUP is indeed stronger together and we will soldier on to protect academic freedom, quality public higher education, and the working conditions that are our students’ learning conditions.

We hope you enjoy reading the CSU-AAUP Annual Report for AY 2016-2017 and look forward to you joining us this new academic year as we continue to advocate for quality public higher education.


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The Latest Issue Of Union News Is Here

The October issue of Union News looks at the newly passed budget and how it will affect our CSUs, rising inequality among faculty on college campuses, and a statement of solidarity with fellow higher education unions.

The fact that the Connecticut General Assembly passed a compromise budget after months of stalemate is notable. And while this budget is much better than the previous budget that Gov. Malloy vetoed on Sept. 28, it still contains unfair attacks on working families and unions. This budget also achieves balance by raising revenues on the backs of those who can least afford it – the working poor and middle class.

If a state budget is supposed to reflect the values and morals of society, then this budget says protecting millionaires and multi-national corporations is more important than providing quality education, protecting our safety, and caring for the less fortunate.

Click here to read the October issue of Union News.

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CSU-AAUP statement on updates to “Students First,” a community college consolidation plan

Upon the recent consolidation update announcements from Board of Regents President Mark Ojakian, CSU-AAUP stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the community colleges and the 4Cs, Council 4 AFSCME, and AFT.

Acknowledging the layoff protections that exist in the collective bargaining agreements, President Ojakian has said there would be “no reduction of unionized workforce.”

That said, decisions that impact students learning and the quality of public higher education must continue to be made with shared governance as a key ingredient of planning efforts. Faculty have always put students first and are equipped with valuable insights and experience that come from working closely with students day to day as educators and as mentors. That is why shared governance and the faculty voice must continue to be an essential part of the fabric of our public higher education institutions.

CSU-AAUP stands resolute by the principles of shared governance and academic freedom that underpin every quality public higher education institution in our United States. To chip away at those standards is to chip away at the future of our state, our country, and even our democracy.

President Mark Ojakian presented his consolidation plan updates known as “Students First” to the Board of Regents during their Oct. 19 meeting at 61 Woodland St., Hartford. The agenda for the meeting can be viewed here.   To view this meeting on CT-N, click here.

Prior to the BOR meeting, President Ojakian met with community college union presidents to discuss the updates in person. While in this meeting, his office released the same information to the media (see the Hartford Courant  here) and issued a letter to the CSCU community.

Members wishing to offer feedback to the BOR on this plan may follow this link to complete the Students First Survey. Please provide your feedback by November 20, 2017.

Click here for more information on the consolidation, including draft reports from consolidation planning teams.

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Push Back Against The Austerity Budget

The austerity budget that passed the legislature and was vetoed by the Governor cannot be a starting point for further budget negotiations.

To find out if your legislator supported the austerity budget that was vetoed by the Governor, click here.

Calls to your legislator matter more than anything right now:

Also, faculty from each campus can focus specifically on contacting the following legislators: 

Central CSU: Sens Bye and Larson; Reps Abercrombie, D’Amico, Guerrera

Eastern CSU: Sens Flexer and Cassano; Reps Riley, Urban, Conley, Currey

Southern CSU: Sens Kennedy and Logan, Reps Scanlon, Gentile, Mushinsky

Western CSU: Sens Duff and Leone, Reps Arconti, Cook, Godfrey

Click here to email your legislators.

What’s so awful about the austerity budget?

  • Attacks collective bargaining rights: eliminates freedom for state workers to negotiate health care and retirement security, and makes significant changes to municipal collective bargaining;
  • Guts our clean elections program:by gutting the program created after the Rowland scandal, this budget opens up the floodgates for dark money in our elections; • Intentionally denies funding for pension cost of living increases for retired state workers on fixed incomes.
  • Increases taxes on the working poor:by drastically cutting the earned income tax credit, the working poor will have to pay $75 million more in taxes while the wealthiest 1% don’t pay a penny more;
  • Hurts small business and communities: reduces the purchasing power of consumers while forcing municipalities to increase their mill rates and property taxes.
  • Axes the budget for public higher education: these cuts will be devastating to our public universities and colleges and will result in increased tuition;
  • It’s completely unbalanced: per the nonpartisan fiscal office, the budget creates huge deficits over $6 billion from 2020-2022;
  • And so much more: cuts jobs programs at the DOL, cuts health programs, eliminates the Jobs Funnels Project, excludes funding to prevent Hartford bankruptcy, and more.

You can read the Office of Fiscal Analysis report on the TOXIC Budget here.

Email your legislator today!


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Here’s The Low Down On Health Plan Changes

CSU-AAUP members should be aware that, as of Oct. 1, 2017, some changes have been made to members’ Health Plans.

Here is a look at how you can avoid being hit hard in the pocket book by these Health Plan changes. For a comprehensive explanation of what’s new, please visit the State Comptroller’s website.

  • Avoid costs for lab work and imaging services in Connecticut: Pay nothing when you see an in-network preferred provider for outpatient lab work, diagnostic x-rays and/or high-cost imaging services like MRIs, CT and PET scans. For tests performed at Non-Preferred in-network labs or imaging centers, you’ll pay 20% of the cost. If you are in the POS Plan, you’ll pay 40% of the cost for out-of-network tests. Click here to find a preferred provider with United Healthcare.  Or click here to find an Anthem preferred provider.
  • Avoid costs for primary care physicians and certain specialists in Connecticut. Pay nothing when you see an in-network preferred primary care physician (PCP) or specialist for one or more of ten medical specialties (including OB/GYN, cardiology, gastroenterology). The current $15 copay will be waived when you see a State of Connecticut “preferred provider.” Click here to find a preferred provider with United Healthcare. Or click here to find an Anthem preferred provider.
  • The list of covered drugs – or “formulary” – for the prescription drug plan will change. If one or more of your current prescriptions will be affected by this change, you should have received a letter from CVS/Caremark in September with information on how to switch to a therapeutically equivalent drug.
  • Prescription drug tiers for non-HEP drugs. The current generic drug copay will be split into two tiers: Preferred generic and Non-Preferred generic. New copays: Preferred generic: $5; Non-Preferred generic: $10; Preferred brand name: $25; Non-Preferred brand name: $40; no change to HEP copays.
  • Emergency Room Copay for non-emergencies will cost $250. In certain circumstances, including actual emergencies or you’re admitted to the hospital, your copay will be waived. Find the ER Copay Waiver Form here.

Click here for a link to the Comptroller’s website and a list of changes as of Oct.1.

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Academic Year!

The start of the 2017-2018 Academic Year is upon us! With that comes the first issue of CSU-AAUP’s Union News and a welcome message from CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia.

President Tapia lays out some important changes that faculty will encounter as the new 2016-2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement takes effect. She also says good bye to two long-time staff members, Caryl and Steve Greatorex, while introducing the newest members of the CSU-AAUP team, Paul Filson and Erin Clark.

Click here to read the September issue of Union News. 

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Action Alert: Stand up for public higher education in Connecticut!

The budget that passed the Connecticut legislature on September 15, 2017, has the potential to do serious harm to CSU, public higher education, and the State of Connecticut as a whole.  Even if Governor Malloy vetoes this version of the budget, it becomes the starting point for further negotiations.

Therefore, all of the devastating provisions are still on the table unless we stand in solidarity and push back.


  1. This budget is UNFAIR to our students.
    1. Tuition inevitably will rise to keep universities functioning;
    2. Scholarship funds are cut by $15 million, Minority Advancement Program is eliminated, which hurts disadvantaged students the most.
  2. Cuts funding to the CSUs to the tune of $93 million over the next two years. Such cuts may lead to:
    1. increased class sizes, reduced course offerings, closed programs;
    2. developmental education eliminated;
    3. support services reduced.
  3. This budget will impact AAUP collective bargaining
    1. Under this budget, when CSU-AAUP negotiates our next contract with the BOR, the general assembly is required to review it or it will be rejected automatically.
    2. Lawmakers will have more control over our contract than we do, and COULD make changes like raising our teaching load, increasing course sizes, limiting academic freedom, even getting rid of tenure.


Come out to support a FAIR BUDGET that PROTECTS CSU faculty, staff and students. Tell the legislature that we give this current budget an F!

WHAT:           Press Conference and Action at the State Capitol  After the press conference, we will give report cards to legislators telling them this budget fails the CSU system, our students, and the state of Connecticut.

WHERE:         Legislative Office Building room 1A, 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford CT 06106  Free parking available in the LOB Garage. Click here for directions.

WHEN:           11 a.m. WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

Please arrive 10:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. start

Wear your red CSU-AAUP T-shirt!

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CSU-AAUP ACTION ALERT! Help Defend Public Higher Education From Decimating Budget Cuts

Connecticut legislators passed a state budget early Saturday morning that attacks quality public higher education in Connecticut. The budget slashes funding to the CSUs, which will in turn burden students and their families with higher tuition costs, program cuts, and reduced access to financial aid.

Enough is enough!

This budget comes on the heels of more than $20 million in cuts to the CSUs in 2015 and stands to decimate the kind of quality public higher education our state needs to succeed.

We must fight back!

The Governor has issued a statement declaring his intent to veto, but corporate lobbyists and their supporters smell blood, and they’re pushing Malloy to sign this devastating budget.

That’s why it’s important for him to hear from you.

Click here to email the Governor and urge him to VETO this awful budget.

You can also call the Governor’s office at (860) 566-4840 to urge him to stay strong and veto this as soon as it arrives at his desk.

What’s so awful about this budget?

  • Axes higher education funding: More cuts to an already bare-bone higher education budget means devastating cuts in programs, financial aid, and increased tuition;
  • Attacks collective bargaining rights: eliminates freedom for state workers to negotiate health care and retirement security, and makes significant changes to municipal collective bargaining;
  • Guts our clean elections program: by gutting the program created after the Rowland scandal, this budget opens up the floodgates for dark money in our elections;
  • Still unbalanced: per the nonpartisan fiscal office, the budget creates huge deficits over $6 billion from 2020-2022;
  • Raises thresholds on prevailing wage projects: this will effectively lower the wages for thousands of construction workers;
  • Increases taxes on the working poor: by drastically cutting the earned income tax credit, the working poor will have to pay $75 million more in taxes while the wealthiest 1% don’t pay a penny more;

Let the Governor know that you support his intent to veto this devastating budget.

If you’re on Twitter, here are some sample posts to share:

  • The austerity budget that passed the legislature shows absolute contempt for #CT #Students and #HigherEd #VetoTheBadBudget
  • I join @ConnAFLCIO, @CSUAAUP demanding a #FairShareBudgetCT that works for all #BetterChoices
  • @GovMalloyOffice I urge you to #VetoTheBadBudget that attacks workers & raises taxes on the poor. There are #BetterChoices than austerity

Thank you for your support.

Together, we can defeat this anti-higher education budget.


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Statement On The Budget From BOR President Mark Ojakian

“The cuts to public higher education included in the budget resolution passed yesterday would have a profound impact on CSCU students. Our students are almost entirely from Connecticut and they overwhelmingly stay here after graduation. Our students are not numbers on a budget sheet. They are and will be Connecticut’s nurses, teachers, educators, small business owners, corporate leaders, and manufacturers, and the rest of our future workforce. Many are working full time or part time and are already making tremendous sacrifices to attend our schools and get an education. Were it not for the state support for CSCU and programs like the Roberta Willis Scholarship, many of our students would not be able to attend college. 

 “Our system has continued to absorb cuts year after year and we fully understand that in order to balance the budget we will have to absorb more once again. But our schools are already operating with $66M less than they had in 2015. These cuts have had real and lasting damage to our ability to serve our students. If we continue on this path, any options we consider to sustain our system in the future will include significant increases to tuition and fees that our students don’t deserve and cannot afford. It is important to remember that our students and the families that support them are also taxpayers.

 “The budget passed by the General Assembly would place dramatic cuts on our system, and would phase out the Roberta Willis Scholarship and the access it provides to higher education for thousands of students across our system and this state. This will pass on higher costs for our students while simultaneously cutting programs and access to financial aid. To remain competitive our state must be making these critical investments in higher education. 

 “Our system has proactively been pursuing our own structural changes in order to remain sustainable into the future so we can continue providing our students with a high quality education. We’re doing everything possible to be responsible stewards of both our students hard earned investment and CT’s taxpayers. However we must make sure we don’t place the financial burden on our students and that we protect the services they need most to succeed. If we don’t, the existing and future workforce in our state will simply not be as competitive as it needs to be.” 

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CSU-AAUP honors long-time employees upon retirement

Caryl Schiff-Greatorex and Steve Greatorex, two well-known CSU-AAUP staff members, have retired from CSU-AAUP after 41 years of service. To honor their work for the organization, CSU-AAUP Presdient Elena Tapia introduced two resolutions honoring them at the AAUP National Meeting in Washington, D.C. in June. The resolutions were unanimously adopted and met with thunderous applause.

CSU-AAUP Elena Tapia presenting the resolutions honoring Cary and Steve Greatorex at the AAUP National Meeting in June.

To read the resolution for Caryl, click here. To read the resolution for Steve, click here.

Steve and Cary had been with CSU-AAUP for 41 years and saw the organization from its inception to where it is today – a leading advocate for quality public higher education and academic freedom. The couple were often consulted by national AAUP for their expertise on organizing campuses across the country. With their hard work, the CSU-AAUP chapter and contract has been used as a leading example of a thriving higher education union model. Steve and Caryl retired Aug. 31 and are looking forward to enjoying more time with family, enjoying some travel, and to welcoming their first grandchild in November.

CSU-AAUP wish Caryl and Steve all the very best in this new stage of their lives together!

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The 2016-2021 CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement

CSU-AAUP members voted to ratify the CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Agreement and the SEBAC Tentative Agreement on July 17, 2017. Both agreements were passed by the Connecticut State House of Representatives on July 24 and then by the Connecticut State Senate on July 30, 2017.

To read the full 2016-2021 CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement, please click here.

To read a summary of the changes in the 2016-2021 CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement, please click here.

For a list of Q&As regarding the SEBAC Agreement, please click here.

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Senate Votes In Favor Of SEBAC Agreement

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s State Senate voted to approve the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition concession agreement on July 31, 2017.  Below is the statement from SEBAC on the vote:

We commend the State Senators who voted yes and Lieutenant Governor Wyman for doing the right thing on behalf of Connecticut and its working and middle-class families.

The passage of the SEBAC Agreement and its companion 34 bargaining unit agreements secures $1.5 billion in savings in the biennium and $24 billion over the next two decades while protecting vital public services, which all Connecticut residents depend on. We urge the Senate to use the momentum of this positive result to move on to a budget that serves the interest of all of Connecticut’s 3.5 million ordinary residents, rather than consolidating the power and privilege of the wealthiest few and the largest corporations.

In Connecticut, the very wealthy pay a lower percentage of their income in state and local taxes than working and middle-class families do. This is a level of unfairness that our state just can’t afford and we hope the General Assembly passes a fair and moral budget for all Connecticut residents.”


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Statement On The CT House Of Representatives Vote On SEBAC Agreement

CSU-AAUP commends the Connecticut House of Representatives on making an important vote to protect critical public services and move our state forward by approving the SEBAC 2017 agreement.  This agreement saves $24 billion over the next 20 years, eliminates 30 percent of our budget deficit, and is the largest savings agreement in our state’s history.  Through collective bargaining, we achieved every penny of savings originally sought by the Governor, and we urge the Connecticut State Senate to vote quickly to preserve the full value of the agreement.

Click here to read an op-ed from a state correctional officer about his sacrifices as a state employee.

Click here to read an editorial from the Norwich Bulletin on why the SEBAC Agreement is a good deal.


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Legislators Threaten CSU-AAUP Contract, SEBAC Agreement

NEW BRITAIN, July 20, 2017 – This week, CSU-AAUP membership overwhelmingly voted to approve the SEBAC Agreement and the new CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement.

But now both of those hard-fought agreements are at risk of being thrown out by certain members of the state legislature.

The SEBAC Agreement and the CSU-AAUP contract are likely to be called for a vote in the state legislature as early as Monday, July 24. If, as expected, all Republicans and a few Democrats vote no on the SEBAC Agreement, the CSU-AAUP contract will also be thrown out.

Please email or call your representatives in the House and Senate as soon as possible and urge them to vote to pass the SEBAC Agreement and the CSU-AAUP contract.

Click here to contact your legislators. The link will bring you to a form letter, which you may edit as you wish.

Thank you for taking action to defend your CSU-AAUP contract and your collective bargaining rights.


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Help Protect our Freedom to Negotiate

In Connecticut, we value our freedom. Working people deserve the same freedom corporate CEOs have: the freedom to negotiate a fair return on our work so we can provide for our families. But corporate CEOs are working with state politicians to chip away at the freedoms people in unions have won for all of us.

As we move towards a special session to finalize a state budget, politicians in Connecticut’s General Assembly are reviving proposals to strip public employees’ collective bargaining rights and roll-back decades of gains made for working families. By exploiting our budget problems, Republican legislators are trying to undermine working people’s freedom to negotiate by taking away our rights.

These attacks take aim at teachers, police officers, fire fighters, social workers, professors, nurses, and corrections officers — everyone employed by the state, municipalities and local school districts. We’ve seen what happens when the voice of any single group of workers is silenced; the middle class is weakened and billionaires and corporate interests consolidate their power.

We don’t know exactly when the special session will take place, but we need you to sign the petition to urge the Connecticut legislature to VOTE NO on any attacks on workers’ freedom to negotiate a fair return on work and instead respect public employees’ contributions to Connecticut’s quality of life.

Please click here to sign a petition telling legislators to protect our freedom to negotiate!

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State Employees Announce Vote To Affirm Labor Cost Savings Agreement With The Malloy Administration

Agreement Will Save The State of Connecticut $24 billion In Coming Years

HARTFORD – State Employees gathered in Hartford at the CSEA Union Hall Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to announce that union members have voted to affirm the concession agreement between State employees and the Malloy administration. The SEBAC Agreement garnered an 83 percent popular vote in favor among coalition unions. This translates to a 100 percent per capita vote to accept the cost-savings agreement. Independent analyses by the actuarial firms Cavanaugh McDonald and Segal Consulting affirm that this agreement will save the State of Connecticut $24 billion dollars over the next 20 years. 

This agreement shows that collective bargaining works and that ensuring working families continue to have a voice in the workplace is in the best interest of Connecticut,” CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia said. “State employees, once again, have sacrificed to help protect the services and programs – like quality public higher education – that our state needs to thrive.”

“While State Employees are not the cause of the revenue shortfall driving Connecticut’s budget deficit, we have agreed to step up and help solve it,” said state education consultant, Agnes Quinones.   “We felt it was a necessary sacrifice to protect the important services that we dedicate our lives to.  This is a sacrifice being made predominantly by middle-class families, and it is a sacrifice that to-date has not been asked of, nor offered by the wealthy or corporations in this state.  There are those who have criticized this plan as not being harmful enough to the state workers.  What those critics fail to understand is that the best agreements are not measured by how much pain they cause but by how much good they do, and this agreement gets our state’s financial situation to a much better place than we would be in otherwise.”

Now it’s time for the General Assembly to do its work, approve this agreement, and pass a budget that protects the important public services working families have sacrificed to protect.

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) serves to unite all 15 unions representing approximately 40,000 Connecticut State public service workers together to address issues of common concern.

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CSU-AAUP Council, SEBAC Union Leaders Recommend Approval of the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement and SEBAC Tentative Agreement

This is a reminder to participate in the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and SEBAC Tentative Agreement ratification vote. If you were a CSU-AAUP bargaining unit member in spring 2017, you are eligible to participate in the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and SEBAC Tentative Agreement ratification votes. If you have ANY difficulty voting please contact your local Chapter AAUP office and we will assist you in casting your electronic vote.

CSU-AAUP strongly encourages all collective bargaining unit members to vote.

To email any questions to your campus chapter, please contact:
CCSU: Michelle Malinowski at OR Louise Williams at
ECSU: Christine Guarnieri at OR Luis Cordon at
SCSU: Linda Cunningham at
WCSU: Patty O’Neill at
CSU (any campus): Caryl Schiff-Greatorex at:

On June 26, 2017, the CSU-AAUP Council met and voted to recommend approval of both the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement and the SEBAC Tentative Agreement. If you were a CSU-AAUP bargaining unit member in spring 2017, you are eligible to participate in the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and SEBAC Tentative Agreement ratification votes. Voting is being conducted online, and began Monday July 3, 2017 at 6 a.m. and will end Monday July 17, 2017 at noon.

To vote members should:

You can call the AAUP office to obtain your Banner ID number at 860-832-3790.

If you have any questions or problems logging in to vote, please contact your local AAUP office via email listed above or you may call:  ECSU 860-465-5153; SCSU 203-392-5980; WCSU 203-837-9235; CCSU and the CSU-AAUP office 860-832-3790.

After almost two years of negotiations, CSU-AAUP was successful in negotiating away all of the egregious BOR proposals and achieved substantive improvements in many areas of the Contract. For details on the many gains contained in the CSU-AAUP Tentative Contract Agreement click here: Summary of the CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Contract Agreement. CSU-AAUP successfully quashed the BOR’s initial proposals to eliminate tenure for new Counselors and Librarians, eliminate all of the special funds, and increase class sizes due to economic reasons.

While the SEBAC Tentative Agreement calls for some sacrifices from all of us, considering the present economic and political environment we believe that this is the best possible outcome at this time and urge you to approve it (view SEBAC’s Statement)

The tentative agreement preserves state employee jobs through June 30, 2021, guarantees a one-time bonus in year three and significant pay increases in years four and five after wage freezes in the first two years of the agreement. The tentative agreement also preserves healthcare and retirement benefits until 2027 during the worst budget situation Connecticut has ever seen. SEBAC union leaders voted on June 25, 2017, to recommend the SEBAC Tentative Agreement (see link below) to their memberships for ratification.

In addition, the Memorandum of Agreement (see link below), if ratified by our members, will modify the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and extend it to August 26, 2021.

Voting for CSU-AAUP bargaining unit members will begin on July 3, 2017. Please note that you will be voting on two agreements. The CSU-AAUP/BOR Agreement deals with the ratification of our entire Contract and the SEBAC Tentative Agreement deals with retirement and healthcare matters. However, the two are interconnected in that our contract will not become effective, even if ratified by our membership, unless the SEBAC Tentative Agreement is also ratified. This rule applies to all the local bargaining unit agreements that have been negotiated based upon the SEBAC Framework. Their provisions, which include such things as wage increases and job security, are contingent on the SEBAC Tentative Agreement also being ratified.

On each question, an “Approve” (yes) vote means you support the ratification of the agreement in question – our local agreement, or the SEBAC Tentative Agreement.  You do not have to vote the same way on each question, although your elected leaders are strongly supporting a “Yes” on both. The choice is up to you.

The impact of the votes are these:  The SEBAC Tentative Agreement will be ratified if over two-thirds of the per capita votes are cast in favor, and fewer than 6 of the 15 eligible SEBAC voting unions vote against. If the SEBAC Tentative Agreement is ratified, the pension and healthcare changes, and the 5-year extension will affect all bargaining units regardless of how the unit voted on either SEBAC or its local agreement. If the SEBAC Tentative Agreement is not ratified, neither it, nor any of the local unit agreements will take effect.

If the SEBAC Tentative Agreement is ratified, our contract will be ratified, or not, depending solely on the majority vote of our membership. If our contract is voted down, none of the changes in our unit agreement would take effect.   That would include the wage, job security, and furlough days part of the framework, as well as all the other language and conditions of our agreement. We would need to negotiate those terms on our own (keeping in mind that job security is not a mandatory subject of bargaining so that the University could refuse to include that at all in our local agreement).

After the votes are completed, assuming the SEBAC Tentative Agreement is ratified, the SEBAC Tentative Agreement, and all the ratified local agreements, will be submitted to the General Assembly for approval. The Agreement can be disapproved by a majority vote of either house of the General Assembly.

For the Summary of the CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Contract Agreement click here:
Summary of CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Contract Agreement. 

For the CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement click here:
CSU-AAUP/BOR Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For the CSU-AAUP/BOR Memorandum of Agreement click here:
CSU-AAUP/BOR Memorandum of Agreement.

For a Summary of the Financial Impact of the SEBAC Tentative Agreement click here:
Summary of Financial Impact of the SEBAC Tentative Agreement.

For the SEBAC Tentative Agreement click here:
SEBAC Tentative Agreement.

For additional information please click here: OR


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Have questions about the SEBAC Tentative Agreement?

If you are wondering what the SEBAC Tentative Agreement will mean to you, please check out the Documents page on the menu bar on the CSU-AAUP website. There you will find a drop down menu with links to a various Q&A information sheets covering health care, retirement, Medicare Advantage and even a list of acronyms.


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Tentative Agreement to Save Jobs & Benefits, Protect Public Services Moves Forward

Yesterday, June 25, State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) union leaders approved a tentative agreement (TA) for protecting members’ jobs and stabilizing benefits in order to assist in resolving the financial issues currently facing the state of Connecticut. The approval of the SEBAC TA follows weeks of negotiations between individual bargaining units and state agency representatives, which have produced tentative agreements for 33 new contracts. These unit agreements are all tied to the SEBAC TA and members of unions in good standing will soon have the opportunity to cast their votes on both.

Coalition leaders are recommending a YES vote on both the SEBAC and individual bargaining unit TAs.

The SEBAC TA is based on the framework adopted last month and accomplishes three primary objectives union leaders adopted last November when informal discussions began with the Malloy Administration:

  • protects vital public services that all residents and businesses in Connecticut depend on;
  • shields against layoffs for four years, through 2021; &
  • extends health and retirement benefits an additional five years, through 2027.

Click here for the formal TA, signed by the chief negotiators for SEBAC and the administration.

It is clear that the gains our unions have made in the past are at significant risk. These agreements provide a level of security for members, our families, co-workers and those we serve in a time of great uncertainty.

Be sure to reach out to your local union’s leadership by emailing with bargaining unit-specific questions.

Click here to share your general questions or concerns regarding the TAs and the ratification process going forward.

Click here to see the CSU-AAUP/BOR Tentative Agreement.

Click here to see a summary of the tentative agreement between CSU-AAUP/BOR

Click here to see the signed MOA between CSU-AAUP and the BOR.

Click here to read about the financial implications for members pre-July 1, 2022.

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Obscenities And Posturing Abound At The State Capitol

New Britain – With only days to go until the end of the regular 2017 Legislative Session, political posturing is abundant at the Capitol.

Republican leadership is making new forays into text-book examples of bad faith negotiating. Meanwhile, the GOP gears up to chip away at the foundations of our democracy by eliminating collective bargaining. Never mind that the United Nations Human Rights Commission declared collective bargaining a fundamental human right.

And the Dreamers’ bill has becomes a public relations nightmare. It’s all in the latest issue of Capitol Monitor. Click here to read all about it. 

In the final days of the session, with bills being debated and amendments being proposed at lightening speed, some Republican amendments are designed to undermine collective bargaining. These GOP amendments would:

  • Prohibit state employees from being able to negotiate for their pension and health care.
  • Increase state employee pension contributions by as much as three fold.
  • Strip overtime from being included in state and municipal pension calculations.

The entire Republican caucus (and apparently several Democratic legislators) are prepared to support these attacks on our bargaining rights. But we can stop it!

Click here to locate your state representative and state senator, and call them with a message to stop the attacks on public workers and instead pass a fair budget.

Click here for a list of Democrats and the phone number to call them. Urge these democrats to reject Republican actions that would remove our democratic right to collective bargaining.

Click here to contact your representatives with this message:

“Stop the attacks on our right to bargain for pay, pension and healthcare. Support a fair budget with real revenue solutions, instead of attacking state employees.”

The legislative session ends Wednesday, June 7, at midnight.   Make your call any time!

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SEBAC Public Statement

The State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) voted this afternoon to open formal discussions with the Malloy administration around a framework that will save jobs and save costs to help address the ongoing revenue shortfalls that have caused Connecticut’s budget deficit.

Click here for union leaders’ framework.

This framework and potential savings are a clear example of why collective bargaining is so imperative for our state.  Without collective bargaining, the billions of dollars in savings from years of agreed upon state worker concessions would not have been realized. This was an important first step as middle-class workers are doing their part to help solve the budget deficit. Now is the time for legislators to ask the same of the state’s most wealthy and the corporate elite.

A final SEBAC agreement will rescind the layoff notices that have been issued since April, provide four years of layoff protection and extend state health care and retiree health care benefits for five years.

Within this framework, the administration must complete all unit negotiations before SEBAC can move forward towards a membership vote.

There are critics who have already come out against this framework because they believe that it does not cause enough pain for working families. These critics would undoubtedly stand against any agreement with SEBAC.  Those individuals need to be reminded of the fact that state employees continue to save the state $1 billion annually through concessions.

We have always been willing to do our part.


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From CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia: 2017 Cost Savings Framework Announcement Update

Dear Colleagues:

Leaders of the unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) today met with officials from the governor’s administration as part of ongoing exploratory talks. We have voted to move forward with formal negotiations, based on an agreed-upon framework for providing job security and protecting benefits for members, while producing cost savings for taxpayers. This is a framework for an agreement; it is not an agreement in itself.

Click here for the framework that will serve as a guideline for negotiations.

This is but the first step in what will be a weeks-long process in which you and all state employees will have the opportunity to make your voices heard. The next step will be for members of local unions’ negotiating committees to finalize individual bargaining unit agreements covering wages and working conditions over the next five years.

Then there would be a two-part vote by all members of the CSU-AAUP bargaining unit. The first would be on the framework’s proposed changes to the coalition’s health and pension benefits agreement. The second would be on CSU-AAUP contracts, which would include the remaining provisions in the guideline, plus any CSU-AAUP specific issues.

Our collective decision, as union leaders, to move forward with asking members to consider a cost-savings agreement is based on the need to protect principles fundamental to our movement. This is about defending your rights to collective bargaining and maintaining our historic role as advocates for the American middle class in these uncertain times.

If you need further information about the 2017 Framework, please got to the Documents Tab on our home page where we have compiled a list of common questions and answers.

More to come,

Elena Tapia

President, CSU-AAUP


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Statement from CSU-AAUP reacting to Ojakian’s budget announcement

NEW BRITAIN – Responding to BOR President Mark Ojakian’s May 17, 2017, letter on falling state budget revenues and how the CSCU system will be affected, CSU-AAUP President Elena Tapia issued the following statement:

In his statement today, President Ojakian argues that the best-case outcome of these competing austerity budgets presented at the state legislature is cuts of “$62 million for the system in the next biennium.”  He continues: “These decreases in funding have the potential to profoundly change how we educate our students. These cuts would greatly impact the sustainability of many of our institutions. These budget figures go well beyond the savings targets we were planning for under the Students First strategies. If our system does get a cut of this magnitude, it will force us to go back and explore options that we frankly did not want to consider including closing campuses, eliminating certain student services and making significant workforce reductions.”

The BOR and President Ojakian should not compound a budgetary crisis by engaging in educational violence against our system. Instead, they should lead the political fight to raise revenue, increase taxation on the ultra-wealthy and corporate elites. President Ojakian should be advocating for a millionaires’ tax in CT with proceeds going to public education. Why? Because public higher education is an investment in a state’s most essential resource: human capital.

General Electric left Connecticut for Boston not because of high taxes in our state but because, in Boston, GE would have access to a highly educated workforce. If Connecticut is to compete for businesses coming to our state, then we must invest in our students who will become an educated population that is workforce ready, able to problem solve, and to think critically around a host of issues. Closures, consolidations and cuts will not achieve the educated workforce that companies demand today.

The equation is simple: when more community members hold higher education degrees, tax revenues increase, and state spending on entitlements decreases. The research shows that those who hold college degrees earn higher incomes, are healthier, happier and live longer than those with only a high school diploma.[i]  Connecticut would obtain increased tax revenues and decreased spending on social services and prisons when more of our citizens hold higher education degrees.[ii]

Balancing the budget on the backs of Connecticut students and at the expense of quality public higher education is akin to shooting oneself in the foot just as the marathon begins.

Click here to see media coverage of Ojakian’s announcement in Inside HigherEd.


[i] Philip Trostel, “It’s Not Just the Money; the Benefits of College Education to Individuals and to Society” (Lumina Foundation, n.d.).

[ii] Philip Trostel, “The Fiscal Impacts of College Attainment” (New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, n.d.).

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From SEBAC Talks To Consolidation Chaos, We’ve Got You Covered

NEW BRITAIN – Wondering what’s happening with SEBAC Talks? How about the Board of Regent’s latest plan to “transform” the CSUs? Want to know what Higher Education Chair Sen. Beth Bye said about faculty as she left the BOR meeting May 11? Click here to read all about it in the latest Union News, which also includes special insights from CSU-AAUP Business Manager Steve Greatorex on retirement.

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It’s All About The Money

HARTFORD – With revenue estimates plummeting further nearly every day, lawmakers have been at odds over how to craft a budget that would preserve programs and services – like public higher education – that work toward the common good. Across-the-board cuts have been a common theme, as is “no new taxes.”

The latest edition of Capitol Monitor takes a look at where we are now in the budget process.  Click here to read all about it.

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Education Unions Join In Support Of Accessible Education For All Students

Cropped Education Unions Presser April 26HARTFORD – Connecticut’s education unions and the Connecticut AFL-CIO stood shoulder-to-shoulder with undocumented immigrant students at the Legislative Office Building on April 26, 2017, to unite behind two bills – Senate Bill 17 and House Bill 7000.

CSU-AAUP member and ECSU professor Dr. William Lugo, pictured above at the microphone, spoke in support of the bills at the press conference.

These bills allow all Connecticut in-state resident students who contribute to the institutional aid fund to have access regardless of their immigration status. Having passed out of committee and now waiting to be called for a vote, the bills have no fiscal note and would cost nothing to taxpayers or Connecticut’s public colleges and universities.

Institutional aid is comprised of student-generated funds that colleges set aside from tuition revenue for use as need-based aid to support students. Under current law, undocumented students are ineligible for financial aid despite paying into the fund with their tuition dollars.

The state’s public universities and colleges have already testified in support of expanding aide to undocumented students. Along with support from administration, faculty and staff at the state universities also support increased access to financial aid for all students.

“Research shows that when a community’s residents obtain higher education, those communities enjoy greater employment, higher incomes, lower crime rates, lower entitlement spending and lower disability rates,” said Elena Tapia, President of CSU-AAUP, which represents professors in the CT State University system. “Access to affordable and quality public higher education is a common good and a path to a more prosperous future not only for students but also for Connecticut.”

Professors at UConn agreed. Diana Rios, UConn-AAUP President, said her members believe strongly that “it is in the best interest of our country and state to encourage access to education resources so that all segments of society may be lifted upwards.”

The bill even received backing of the state’s largest labor organization – the AFL-CIO. “It is extremely challenging, if not impossible, for undocumented students to afford college as options for financial aid are very limited,” said Lori J. Pelletier, President of the Connecticut AFL-CIO, which represents over 220,000 workers in the state. “All public universities in the state set a portion of tuition revenue aside to assist students with financial need. Nonetheless, because of current law, undocumented students have to contribute to this fund but are barred from accessing it. This is fundamentally unfair and needs to change this year.”

UAW Region 9A Director Julie Kushner, who represents graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants at the University of Connecticut, has worked extensively with Connecticut Students for a Dream, which is the lead advocate on this issue. “If our lawmakers do not pass this legislation, they are allowing the undocumented students to subsidize institutional financial aid for other students,” said Kushner. “It is grossly unfair and unjust, and our union will do everything it can to promote the passage of this legislation.”

The state’s education unions vowed to put their support behind this effort and finally achieve passage of this legislation after a demanding three-year fight.


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Job opening at UCHC-AAUP

The University of Connecticut Health Center-American Association of University Professors (UCHC-AAUP) is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. UCHC-AAUP represents the faculty at UConn Health, consisting of over 500 researchers, educators and clinicians, including physicians and dentists. The Executive Director reports directly to the elected union leadership and facilitates all aspects of chapter operations, including:

  • Oversee operation of union office (one other full-time employee); work with accounting firm, auditors, and others to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Respond to member grievances, complaints, questions; represent bargaining unit members in disciplinary hearings, grievances, and appeals, in coordination with union counsel
  • Assist chief negotiator and union counsel with contract negotiations
  • Assist elected officers, Executive Council and Collective Bargaining Council, and keep them informed of developments/issues that need to be acted upon. Prepare agendas for and schedule EC and CBC meetings.
  • Foster good communication with bargaining unit members; recruit new members
  • Provide outreach to senior University administration, state legislature, and governor’s office; coordinate activities of lobbyists and advocates
  • Oversee publicity, including newsletters and website
  • Serve as liaison to national AAUP, state AAUP conference, and SEBAC (coalition of state employee unions)

Candidates should submit a resume and a statement summarizing their experience to Susan Hunt ( Specific questions about the position can be addressed to Bruce Mayer (


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Unions Respond To Malloy’s Layoff Announcement

HARTFORD – Governor Malloy announced today his administration will begin notifying union leaders of contingency plans for layoffs. The governor said this action is being done now because of requirements in various collective bargaining agreements.

More public service layoffs would only make things worse for Connecticut.

While SEBAC leaders continue to explore ways to help meet the state’s fiscal challenges, over the last eight years state employees have given back more than $1 billion annually through their 2009 and 2011 concession agreements. And all while the state workforce is the smallest it’s been since 1960.  Further layoffs and cuts to services threaten public health and safety, our children’s education, and our state’s future.

Contrary to the wailing of wealthy and corporate special interests, we need a balanced, fair-minded approach to generating revenue that will keep our communities vibrant by protecting the public services and structures that are critical to our economic health.

Here’s what you can do to help:

Click here to contact your legislators and tell them to stand up for public higher education and Connecticut’s working and middle class families.

Tell them about the new study done by our own CCSU economists and the Center for Public Policy and Social Research that shows Connecticut not only has the lowest Total Effective Business Tax Rate (TEBTR) in the region, including New York and New Jersey, but also in the United States. Connecticut also has the lowest business taxes per private sector worker in the region, and the lowest business taxes as a share of state and local taxes in the United States.

Connecticut does not exist in isolation. In neighboring states, New York is implementing free public college tuition for middle-class residents and will raise the minimum wage to $15 over the next few years. Massachusetts, which has invested heavily in education, successfully wooed General Electric away from Connecticut last year despite their higher taxes.

A budget that works for everyone is possible!

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SEBAC Talks and CSU-AAUP Contract Negotiations Update

CSU-AAUP President and Chief Negotiator Elena Tapia gave an update on the CSU-AAUP Negotiations and the SEBAC Talks on Thursday, April 13, 2017. This is general information about the SEBAC Talks and more specific information about the local bargaining. When there is something more concrete from SEBAC Elena will visit each campus. 

Please click here to see the video from her April 13, 2017, presentation at ECSU.

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Results are in for the 2017 CSU-AAUP officer elections

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Voting for the CSU-AAUP Officer Election ended at noon on April 14, 2017. The following candidates have been elected:

CSU-AAUP President – Elena Tapia (ECSU)
CSU-AAUP Vice President – Patricia O’Neill (WCSU)
CSU-AAUP Secretary – Stephen Adair (CCSU)
CSU-AAUP Treasurer – Harlan Shakun (CCSU)

Their term of office begins June 1, 2017, and lasts for two years.
Congratulations to the elected candidates.

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From the O-Bomb to Negotiations Update: Read All About It in Union News

NEW BRITAIN, Conn., – The most recent issue of Union News is now available and includes details on the faculty reaction to BOR President Ojakian’s O-Bomb, also known as his consolidation announcement. Details about the April 13 SEBAC Talks and CSU-AAUP Contract Negotiations Update being held at ECSU, national AAUP’s Summer Institute, and the Connecticut State Conference AAUP’s Annual Spring Meeting are also included in this issue.

Click here to read the most recent Union News. 

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From President Tapia on the History of the CSU Faculty Leadership Group

The CSU Faculty Leadership group has existed since Fall 2010, when past CSU-AAUP President Vijay Nair first convened this group. Vijay had long considered convening such a group, and did so, when he became President in 2010.

At the time, no one had any idea what was to come. There was no CSCU, no BOR, and no Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR (FAC). Thus, the CSU Faculty Leadership Group preceded all those entities.

Then, in 2011, Gov. Malloy introduced his bill (HB 1011) to create CSCU and the BOR and do away with the BOT. When that happened, Vijay recalls, “We were ready for the fight.”

According to Vijay, “The group spent many hours writing legislation and, even though we lost the big fight (to not consolidate), there were many small victories. The legislation would have been a lot worse if we had not mobilized as we did.”

I, myself, served on that committee as did faculty representatives from all four campuses. Its original purpose was to facilitate communication between the AAUP and University Governance at the system level.  It was the four Senate Presidents, the four AAUP Chapter Presidents, and the four CSU-AAUP Officers — a total of 12. The Curriculum Committee Chairs and the Graduate Council Chairs were invited to join the group depending on what was on the agenda. They were never official members.  After the legislation to create the Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR, CSU FAC members became part of the group, making it a total of 16.

As we went through a painful series of bungling CSCU Presidents, the Leadership Group wrote statements such as “The Role of the Connecticut State Universities in Public Higher Education,” (2012) also called “Who We Are,” that defined our challenges, our goals, our priorities, and our individual missions, which we fought diligently (and successfully) to preserve. The group also wrote “The Academic Imperative” when, to everyone’s horror, Gray’s “Transform” plan had omitted academics altogether! In 2014, the Leadership Group battled the Boston Consulting Group in various ways, when its $1,973,328 million-dollar price tag and lack of any experience with higher education were discovered. On the heels of that, came much discussion and collaboration to bring votes of no confidence against Pres. Gray and the “Transform” travesty.

The leaders are elected by the faculty. They represent deliberative bodies of the faculty such as the Senates, the FAC, and the AAUP chapters and CSU-AAUP Council. It is among those bodies that information is presented and discussion takes place. The CSU Faculty Leadership Group provides a context for elected faculty leaders from the four campuses to communicate and collaborate in ways that did not exist before.


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CSU Faculty Leadership Group Statement on President Ojakian’s “Students First” Proposal

On April 3, 2017, CSCU President Mark Ojakian dropped a bombshell — the “Students First” Plan — into the hands of the employees of the CSCU System.  Three days later, the Board of Regents approved that plan with little discussion or questioning: a plan that will change the lives and traditions of thousands of students, faculty, and staff across the system.  Surprisingly,  BOR Chair Matt Fleury merely recited the resolution without providing advance written copies to the public, and a vote followed.  The CSU Faculty Leadership Group, while acknowledging the need for change, is concerned about the process by which this plan was developed and by which it will be implemented.  More specifically, we:

  • acknowledge that the CSCU system is facing the severe consequences of many years of shrinking state appropriations;
  • understand that the plan purportedly will accomplish a $41 million savings via a two-pronged strategy that would “eliminate redundancies” in certain “back office” functions and “operationally consolidate 12 community colleges into one;”
  • commend the fact that the plan is intended to protect learning, teaching and student services and to allow for an increase in the number of tenure-track faculty across the system;
  • are greatly dismayed, however, that deliberations creating the plan were not public and were essentially clandestine;
  • are deeply concerned — as professors and professionals in higher education — that the likelihood of sweeping changes to our system is based on a 15-page PowerPoint Presentation, completely lacking in details regarding how such savings would be achieved.

The plan calls for Implementation Teams to flesh out all those missing details. The deadline for that work to be completed – an implausible 84 days away (July I, 2017), will prevent these teams from conducting the careful information gathering, strategy development, and solicitation of community input necessary to ensure a thoughtful, prudent, and reasonable implementation process.  Despite our misgivings, we

  • will exercise our right to shared governance and will participate in this process and expect that faculty will have substantial representation on all Implementation Teams;
  • insist that we determine the manner in which the CSU faculty representatives are selected;
  • agree to participate on the condition that our colleagues in other higher education unions in CSCU also be on the Implementation Teams; and
  • expect that the work our members do on the teams be of substance, be recognized by the BOR as having true influence and given fair consideration, and that our participation not be window-dressing in the guise of shared governance.

The CSU Faculty Leadership Group

Stephen Adair (Sociology), Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR & member of the BOR, CCSU
Daniel Barrett (Psychology), Senate President, WCSU
Jay Brower (Communication & Media Arts), Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR, WCSU
Maryanne Clifford (Economics), Senate President, ECSU
Stephen Cohen (English), Senate President, CCSU
Luis Cordón (Psychology), ECSU-AAUP President
Maria Diamantis (Mathematics), Senate President, SCSU
William Lugo (Sociology), Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR, ECSU
Julian Madison (History), SCSU-AAUP President
Mary Ann Mahony (History), CCSU-AAUP President
Patricia O’Neill (Psychology), WCSU-AAUP President, CSU-AAUP Vice President
Harlan Shakun (Accounting), CSU-AAUP Treasurer, CCSU
Michael Shea (English), Faculty Advisory Committee to the BOR, SCSU
Elena Tapia (English), CSU-AAUP President, ECSU
Rebecca Wood (Psychological Science), CSU-AAUP Secretary, CCSU


April 7, 2017


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Negotiations And SEBAC Talks Update Being Held April 13

CSU-AAUP Contract Negotiations

& SEBAC Talks Update

When:  Thursday, April 13, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Where: President’s Dining Room (PDR), Hurley Hall, ECSU,

Willimantic, CT, 06226

  • Lunch provided.
  • Come when you can.

Speaker: Elena Tapia, CSU-AAUP President & Chief Negotiator

Can’t attend? No worries!

If you can’t attend, email your questions to CSU-AAUP Communication Associate Liz Newberg at no later than April 11, 5 p.m.

  • The emailed questions received will be answered during the event.
  • This information session will be video-taped and posted on the CSU-AAUP website.



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Cast Your Vote: CSU-AAUP Officer Elections Are Underway!

Dear CSU-AAUP Member:

If you are a voting member of CSU-AAUP, you are eligible to vote in the CSU-AAUP Officer election. The CSU-AAUP election is underway, beginning today, April 3, 2017, at 6 a.m. and will continue until noon on Friday, April 14, 2017. Voting will be conducted via Votenet web-based voting software. The offices of CSU-AAUP President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are open for election. You must be a CSU-AAUP member in order to vote. All non-members were sent a letter and given an opportunity to change their membership status before the close of voter registration on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The following candidates are running for election:

Candidates for CSU-AAUP
Vote for One for each office

President – Julian Madison, History, SCSU
Elena Tapia, Linguistics, ECSU

Vice President – Patricia O’Neill, Psychology, WCSU
Stephen (Zak) Tomczak, Social Work, SCSU

Secretary – Stephen Adair, Sociology, CCSU

Treasurer – Harlan Shakun, Accounting, CCSU

To vote, members should:
Log on to to access the ballots
• Use your last name as the username, and
• Use your Banner I.D. number as your password.
You can call the AAUP office to obtain your Banner I.D. number if you do not have it.

To read the candidate statements, please click here.

We strongly encourage all members to vote. If you have any questions or problems logging in, please contact your Chapter AAUP office or the CSU-AAUP office at (860) 832-3790.

Russell Gladstone, Chr. on behalf of
The CSU-AAUP Nomination/Election Committee
Theresa Bouley, Sue Holt

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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!


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 Lieberwitz. 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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