Please see the attached Q & A from SEBAC and Council 4 on the latest updates on retirement options including important updates about the Tier II Hybrid option.
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By now you have probably have heard that SEBAC and the Governor's representative, Mark Ojakian, have signed a new Tentative Agreement designed to roll back the layoffs, keep our contract intact, provide raises in the out years and protect pension and health care for State Employees.
On Monday the administration will be providing the Unions with a clear cut list of how they intend to roll back the layoffs and closings. Once that is in place a final document will be prepared for distribution.
For our part the SUOAF Executive Board will meet late next week to set our process and prepare for ratification. As we did before I will be coming to each campus to discuss the agreement, answer questions and make sure every member has a chance to ask about the issues that concern them. Paul Wallace of Council 4 will be joining me on this effort.
In the name of Union Democracy we intend to bring the agreement out for a vote since not to do so would seem improper. It is a concession agreement so it's not pleasant but it deserves the full attention and consideration by all members.
Despite the nature of the agreement it does protect jobs, protect the contract, continue to provide reliable health care, protects pensions and provides the opportunity for ARP members to join the Hybrid plan and most important, keeps health care and pensions a mandatory subject of collective bargaining.
As soon as we know more we will get the information out to you ASAP.
Following a week of discussions, leaders reached a tentative agreement clarifying that all of the layoff notices issued to state employees over the past three weeks will be rescinded. The agreement also clarifies preservation of the State Employee Health Plan for active and retired state employees. The agreement clarifies unequivocally that the now-dead SustiNet health reform legislation has nothing to do with the plan -- and never will.
The united effort of union leaders has produced an agreement that is not just fair for the members they represent. It's also good for the people they serve, and will restore vital public services cut in the governor's alternative budget plan. The agreement is the path forward to restoring early intervention services for infants and toddlers, keeping courthouses open, maintaining respite homes for families in need, and avoiding closure of motor vehicle offices.
Click here for the full tentative agreement.
Click here for a document that spells out the differences between the previous tentative agreement and the revised tentative agreement.
Click here for a leaflet that makes clear why state employees need an agreement that saves their jobs, protects their benefits, and preserves the services they deliver.
Click here to read the latest membership updates, access news coverage, and take action to protect public services and the working families that deliver them.
Please see the following statement from SEBAC dated July 5, 2011 about the ongoing efforts to save jobs and protect services within the state of Connecticut.
The results are in - and the State University Organization of Administrative Faculty (SUOAF) has voted to ratify both the SEBAC Agreement and the Agreement between SUOAF and the CSUS Board of Trustees. The results are as follows with 75.8% of members voting:
449 members approved 82%
99 members not approved 18 %
464 members approved 85%
84 members not approved 15%
The folllowing were the number of members that voted at each campus:
CCSU (including the system office)......204
At 10:00 AM, on Monday, June 13, 2011 in the Student Center Theater, there will be an very important informational session for all SUOAF members. The session will be led by Jim LoMonaco and will focus on the Memorandum of Agreement reached late last week between SUOAF and the CSUS Board of Trustees - see the attached agreement. You will be voting on this agreement as Part II of the upcoming SEBAC TA vote. Your E-Board urges everyone to attend this critical final meeting before we vote.
Many of you have asked, "When are we going to vote?" "How will we vote?" We now have an answer for you - Voting will begin next Wednesday and continue through the following Monday. The voting will be via electronic voting, administered by a trusted 3rd party vendor who has wide experience in online voting for unions. AAUP has used this vendor for a number of years with excellent results. Be assured that this will be a totally secret ballot with all of the proper provisions for privacy and security in place.
Now available are videos of the SEBAC Q&A session on the tentative agreement that was held at the state armory. There are separate links on the web page for each of the three sessions (approximately one hour each). You can find the videos at http://inthistogetherct.org/2011/06/armory-session-video/
Please see the attached final retirement matrix with real life examples as developed by Dan Livingston for use by membership.
For those of you unable to attend the live webinar meeting with Sal Luciano last week, the recording is now available. Please visit:
https://csu.webex.com/csu/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=3309652&rKey=899b4694f420b739 This recording is available for viewing from home or elsewhere. It is about 1.5 hours in length. Remember you will need speakers or headphones to hear the audio. You may be prompted to install player software to view the recording. If so, follow the instructions when prompted.
No username or password is required to view.