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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with bargaining unit-specific questions.