Category Archives: Political

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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CCSU Student Government Association Resolution

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

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An Act Concerning Faculty Representation on the BOR is now Public Act 13-26

Thank you to all the members who made the effort to contact legislators about SB 867, An Act Concerning Faculty Representation on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. This bill would not have progressed if it wasn’t clear that … Continue reading

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Legislative alert: Funding for additional full-time faculty positions

Dear CSU-AAUP Member, The consolidation of the governing boards of CSU and the Community Colleges was offered as a means to identify savings, which would be redirected into the classrooms. The Board of Regents identified over $5 million in savings … Continue reading

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Legislative Alert on the Governor’s Scholarship Program

Dear CSU-AAUP Member, We are writing to ask you to help CSU-AAUP support the Governor’s Scholarship Program created by SB 844 by writing to the members of the Appropriations Committee listed after the text of this email. The proposed Governor’s … Continue reading

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Legislative Alert on SB 867, An Act Concerning Faculty Representation on the BOR

Dear CSU-AAUP Member, CSU-AAUP is asking for your help in urging legislators to support SB 867, An Act Concerning Faculty Representation on the Board of Regents for Higher Education. The legislation would allow for the chair and vice-chair of the … Continue reading

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CSU-AAUP Proposes Legislation to Allow Faculty Representation on the BOR

CSU-AAUP leaders met in December to discuss concerns about the Board of Regents (BOR) actions last fall and possible solutions to address our concerns. As one result of that meeting, CSU-AAUP is proposing that the chairperson and vice-chairperson of the … Continue reading

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