The administration requested to meet informally with SEBAC Leaders, and that discussion occurred. The parties plan to meet informally again. Union leaders will brief their leadership bodies and negotiating committees.
This past week 1199 members voted on two important issues facing our union. First, members had to decide whether our newly organized child care members would be added to the list of workers in our union’s jurisdiction. Secondly, members voted on whether to give our union increased resources so we can take on the challenges and adversaries that threaten our union.
From December 1st- December 7th members cast ballots at voting locations across the state. Below are the voting results.
|QUESTION #1: Add child care workers to the list of workers in our Union’s jurisdiction?|
|CT State Employees||1391||321||27|
|CT Community Programs||189||25||3|
|CT Home Care||112||1||2|
|CT Nursing Homes||1582||65||8|
|Rhode Island (All)||496||47||3|
|QUESTION #2: Establishes a new dues schedule and increase the minimum and maximum dues levels|
|CT State Employees||1127||612||8||70|
|CT Community Programs||139||77||1||19|
|CT Home Care||112||1||1||14|
|CT Nursing Homes||1445||192||16||196|
|Rhode Island (All)||426||100||8||17|
|TOTAL #||3564||1009||38||336 * Provisional ballots were not determinative in any division|
Both questions were passed overwhelmingly by the membership. Question 2 having been adopted will reflect an increase in dues effective January 1, 2016. This new structure will set us on the path toward building a stronger union that is equipped to be successful in the 21st century.
As many of you know we have begun negotiations for our new state contract. The union and the state had an initial bargaining meeting Wednesday, September 16th in which we presented four main economic proposals.
1. The duration of our new contract would be July 1, 2016- June 30, 2020.
2. 5% general wage increase effective July 1st each year of the Agreement.
3. Annual on time increments July and January of each contract year.
4. Additional wage steps in pay tables for every job classification.
The next negotiating session is scheduled for October 20, 2015 at 9 am. We will keep you posted on developments.
Class counsel has now reached a settlement of the SEBAC lawsuit with the Connecticut Attorney General. The settlement has been approved by the General Assembly.
The Court presiding over the case has also preliminarily approved the settlement and has scheduled a hearing to consider whether to give final approval for the settlement. That hearing will take place on October 1, 2015 at the United States District Court at 450 Main Street, in Hartford.
Class members will receive notice before the hearing – either by mail, email or workplace posting, or through publication in several newspapers throughout Connecticut – which will advise them of the date of the hearing and their rights with respect to the settlement. It is expected that the notices will be mailed, emailed or published on or before August 1, 2015.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
To be a class member, you must have been employed by the State of Connecticut and a member of a bargaining unit (or, if you were under a working test period or training program, designated for membership in a bargaining unit when you completed the test period) as of November 17, 2002.
Class members will receive different compensation from the settlement depending on whether they were laid off from their State employment, bumped to a different position in the State workforce, or suffered some other adverse job consequence as a result of the layoffs.
In addition, all members of bargaining units will be entitled to receive compensation for the chilling of their union membership rights as a result of then-Governor Rowland’s targeting of union members for layoff.
We need to make sure that we have accurate information about each class member to make sure that you receive the proper award from the settlement.
If you believe you were a member of the class, have questions, or want to retrieve important documents or information about the lawsuit, please click on this link: www.sgtlaw.com/class-action-sebac-v-john-g-rowland/
State employees will be receiving a wage increase effective July 1, 2015.
First, determine your bargaining unit: you are either a NP-6 (10) or P-1 (11)
Second, determine your weekly hours of work e.g. 35, 37.5 or 40 hours
Third, determine your pay range. The pay range is the number to the left of the wage scale; e.g. PR 16 mental health assistant 1
HC 35 hours
XC 37.5 hours
FP 40 hours
HN 35 hours
XN 37.5 hours
FX 40 hours
Dentists DX -35 hrs; DY-37.5 hrs; DZ-40 hrs.
Physicians/Psychiatrists RX- 35 hrs; RY-37.5; RZ-40 hrs
Part time physicians
The 1199 Contract covering 8,000 state employees expires on June 30, 2016. Although we are more than a year away from our contract expiration, we are starting the negotiation process now. It is our intention to begin negotiations with the State of Connecticut in September, so that we have a contract ready for a vote by the General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session.
This contract survey is an important first step. We develop many of our contract demands from these surveys. To take the survey on-line, please click here. If you prefer to download and fill out the survey on paper, please click here and, when you have completed your survey, return it to your delegate or organizer by Sunday, August 15th, 2015.
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that stemmed from a massive layoff of unionized state workers in 2003. The suit claimed that the Rowland administration structured the layoffs to punish unions who supported his Democratic opponent and then defied his demand for concessions. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit announced a settlement after nearly 12 years of litigation. The agreement is a testament to the courage and tenacity of workers who stood up for the rights of free speech.
Click here for a Q and A document with further information on how this may impact you. Settlement Q and A