State Employees

On this page, you will find ongoing updates about the activities of 1199 members who work for the State of Connecticut.  You can view a PDF of the 1199 State Employees Contract by clicking here.  Scroll below to read any current posts – and check back soon for updates!

Fight back on March 24th!

Our pension, health care and right to collectively bargain are being threatened as even more harmful bills are being proposed by Republican legislators.  Last month we had a huge turnout pushing back against these attacks.

Another important date has been set to hear bills that attack our right to collectively bargain.  Help send a strong message to legislators that these attacks need to stop and join us March 24th.  RSVP today http://1199ne.seiu.org/page/s/fight-for-your-pension

What: Appropriations Committee will hear testimony on bills that attack our pension, health care and rights

Where: Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford

When: March 24th (throughout the day)  A mass action is planned for later in the day

Let’s mobilize to oppose anti-union legislation.

Commit to being there March 24th http://1199ne.seiu.org/page/s/fight-for-your-pension

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SEBAC Update

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.  

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1199 Members Featured in New TV Ad

The Associated Press covered 1199’s new television spot that begin airing in February featuring state members. Read the article here!

Sue Haigh, Associated Press
February 29, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Amid worsening state budget deficit projections and a threat of more than 1,000 job cuts, one of Connecticut’s largest state employee unions launched a television ad campaign on Monday attempting to portray state workers as more than a “budget cut” or “political football.”

The 30-second spot was released by SEIU District 1199, a union that represents more than 7,600 state employees, including nurses, direct care workers and others. It marks the first public salvo in what could be a contentious debate in the coming weeks among Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the General Assembly and the state employee unions over how best to address the state’s current and projected shortfalls.

The ad is part of the union’s “One Connecticut” campaign. It appears to underscore the frustration of some state workers following successive years of budget deficits and cuts to state services they provide.

“I’m not sure how the state employee is actually driving that cost as much as they say that we’re driving it. I’m just not seeing it on our end,” said Darnell Ford, a direct care staffer at the Department of Children and Families who works with children with mental health issues and appears in the TV ad. “It’s frustrating and concerning that we’re being blamed, we’re being targeted.”

Vivian Riera Llantin, who oversees the HIV prevention program at the Department of Public Health, says in the ad, “I am not a budget cut.” She said there is a misperception in the public that state employees are “always the ones damaging the budget.”

The ad comes as new figures from the legislature’s Office of Fiscal Analysis show the deficit in the current $20 billion fiscal year general fund budget has grown to $266 million, and the following fiscal year beginning July 1 could be $900 million in the red.

Last week, Malloy, a Democrat, told reporters that those figures could either improve or worsen. But in the meantime, he promised “state government is going to be substantially smaller in the not too distant future.” On Monday, his administration canceled expected pay raises for managers, saying the state’s fiscal situation has “deteriorated significantly.”

Denise Bystrek is a head nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs health center in Rocky Hill proclaims in the ad that she is not a political football. She said she has already seen support services such as respiratory therapy, X-rays and laboratory services reduced in recent years.
“We’re at minimum staffing, so it’s hard to imagine what layoffs would look like, because it seems like every budget year they cut more and more and the services get cut back more and more. And really, what’s left?” she asked.

While Malloy’s administration is negotiating new contracts with most of the state employee unions, the governor has also called on union leaders to consider making changes to the pension and benefits package for unionized state employees that is not set to expire until 2022.

Ford said state workers would likely be willing to talk about possible changes, but not before others, such as wealthy citizens and corporations, are asked to help to solve the budget problem.
“You need to take a look at someone other than just us,” he said. “Whoever is not paying their fair share, we should be looking at them also.”

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/APNewsBreak-Unions-launch-TV-ads-to-address-job-6860634.php

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1199 Members Vote to Make Our Union Stronger

smaller I voted 2This 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?
YES NO VOID
CT State Employees 1391 321 27
CT Community Programs 189 25 3
CT Hospitals 339 5 2
CT Home Care 112 1 2
CT Nursing Homes 1582 65 8
Rhode Island (All) 496 47 3
TOTAL # 4109 464 45

 

QUESTION #2: Establishes a new dues schedule and increase the minimum and maximum dues levels
YES NO VOID Provisional Ballots
CT State Employees 1127 612 8 70
CT Community Programs 139 77 1 19
CT Hospitals 315 27 4 20
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.

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State Members Make Economic Proposals in Negotiations

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.

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SEBAC V. ROWLAND CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT UPDATE

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/

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Wage Increases for State Employees

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

P 1                                             

HC        35 hours

XC         37.5 hours

FP         40 hours

NP-6

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

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State Contract Negotiations Begin September 2015

Negotiations for a new contract for the P-1 and NP-6 bargaining units will begin in September 2015.  Our contract expires June 30, 2016.

Our negotiations committee will be comprised of about seventy-five (75) union members.  There will be approximately one negotiating committee member representative for every 75 – 100 members.

Petitions for nominations to run for the negotiating committee will be available beginning June 25, 2015, through your organizer and delegates.  Completed petitions must be in the 1199 Hartford Office at 77 Huyshope Avenue, by July 8th.

After this nominating process is concluded, elections will be scheduled beginning July 14, 2015 and will be completed by August 13, 2015.

On May 22, 2015 contract surveys were distributed to all members through email, the delegates and the Union website.  These surveys are a critical tool in developing our proposals and strategies, so if you haven’t yet, please take the time to fill these surveys out.  They should be turned into your delegate or organizer by August 15th or can be completed here on our website.

We are looking forward to hearing from all 1199’ers as we prepare for the challenges – and the opportunities – that await us in the next months.

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1199 State Members: On-Line Contract Survey

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.

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