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 malinowskim@ccsu.edu OR Louise Williams at williamsl@ccsu.edu
ECSU: Christine Guarnieri at guarieric@easternct.edu OR Luis Cordon at cordonl@easternct.edu
SCSU: Linda Cunningham at cunninghaml1000@southernct.edu
WCSU: Patty O’Neill at oneillp@wcsu.edu
CSU (any campus): Caryl Schiff-Greatorex at: greatorexc@ccsu.edu

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:
CSU-AAUP.org OR ctstateemployees.com

 

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