Throughout the last year and a half, public services have protected, supported and cared for residents across Connecticut, ensuring that our state not only survives through the pandemic, but thrives well after it subsides. Long before COVID-19, public services provided a rare opportunity to lift people into the working class community, especially people of color who have chronically been disinvested. Public services build racial and health equity and must be protected.
For months now, SEBAC unions representing members like those at CVH and other State Agencies have been bargaining with the Lamont administration to negotiate fair contracts for our members, but virtually all of our unions have been met with the same response: unfair contract proposals and virtually nothing for Hero Pay. Governor Lamont is not fulfilling his public promise of advancing racial equity nor his promise of protecting our most vulnerable populations, and if he won’t do so at a time when the State is flush with money – will he ever?