SEBAC Union Leadership Comments on Meeting with Administration (Updated 5.9.20)

Coalition Update:
as of May 9, 2020

To All State Employee Unions:

On May 1st, in response to questions about contractual raises due to state employees in the next fiscal year, Governor Lamont publicly stated his administration’s intent to meet with state employee leaders to ask that members “help with the pain we are all sharing” as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.  That meeting took place on May 5th, with SEBAC union leaders attending solely to listen to the administration. No further meetings with the administration are scheduled. 

Of course, state employees are already sharing the state’s fiscal pain.  Those raises are due in accordance with the 2017 SEBAC Agreement, where state employees to date have received one general wage increase in the last four fiscal years. Meanwhile large corporations and multi-millionaires and billionaires have done little to help address state fiscal issues. Their state and local tax rate remains below that of working families.

The 2017 SEBAC agreement will save taxpayers $24 billion over 20 years, thanks to wage freezes, increased employee contributions to our health care and pensions, furlough days, the establishment of yet another lower benefit pension tier, and more. In fact in its first two years it has saved $1.7 billion, even more than expected.  This is on top of the $1 billion a year in savings produced by SEBAC 2009 and SEBAC 2011.

SEBAC Unions represent 47,000 members continuing to serve the public through the greatest health crisis seen in over a century.

SEBAC union leaders will keep members informed if there are any further developments.

In solidarity,

Steering Committee Members
State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)

Coalition Update:
May 1, 2020

To All State Employee Unions:

Officials from the administration of Governor Ned Lamont have requested an informal meeting with our coalition to hear the administration’s views about the fiscal situation caused by the ongoing COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) crisis. Leaders of the 16 unions in the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) have agreed to meet in order to hear more.

A further update and information will be provided following the meeting, which has not yet been scheduled. 

Additional updates will are available at the coalition website at www.ctstateemployees.org.

More to come, and in solidarity,

Steering Committee Members

State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC)

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