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Pandemic Pay Update for SEBAC Members

October 5, 2022

An update on pay for essential workers.

SEBAC leadership continues to advocate for pandemic hero pay that will recognize our state members’ sacrifices throughout COVID-19 and the critical role they, like all front-line workers played, in getting all of us through the worst of the pandemic.

After months of negotiations, today, coalition leaders have opted to enter into arbitration to ensure that frontline essential state workers who risked their health and safety throughout COVID-19 receive a fair and honorable pandemic pay award. We will keep members updated as the arbitrator is selected and a date for the hearing is set. Arbitration is a normal part of the collective bargaining process in the public sector and assures that a neutral third party makes the decision when the bargaining parties have differences about the fairest outcome for all sides.

All frontline workers, public and private, deserve recognition of the sacrifices they and their families made to keep Connecticut running during the height of the pandemic. SEBAC leadership believes the arbitration is a necessary step toward achieving a just and fair settlement for our members.

Be sure to check the SEBAC website for updates on pandemic pay.