In recent contract negotiations between CSEA and the State of Connecticut, the administration proposed the elimination of Lincoln’s Birthday as a state holiday. CSC member Ida Terry sent this letter to the Governor’s office to voice her displeasure:
Governor Malloy & Lt Governor Wyman,
I am a loyal Democratic and I voted for your team because I believed in your ideals. However, I am still reeling with disbelief, when I read in Black and White your administration’s proposal to eliminate Lincoln’s Birthday as a State holiday. As an African American State employee and a correctional supervisor with 26 plus years of state service, such a proposal is at its very least insensitive, if not, inflammatory to African Americans.
President Lincoln was our greatest President prior to President Obama. In fact, President Barack Obama publicly expressed his admiration for Abraham Lincoln, invoking the great man’s name and accomplishments in his speech. Honoring President Lincoln’s birthday is honoring a man who was willing to divide our nation to eradicate our nation’s greatest sin, slavery. The irony of your proposal is that most frontline correctional employees will be working on Lincoln’s birthday, but that should not diminish the importance of this Holiday.
I remember when Governor Weicker made the same proposal more than twenty years ago. He made the proposal because this Holiday inconvenience some citizens that wished to do business with the State government. Governor Weicker immediately became aware of the hypocrisy of his proposal and withdrew it. Please follow Governor Weicker’s direction and withdraw your proposal. I believe President Obama would be in agreement with your withdrawal. Let the public be inconvenienced for one day and maybe they will remember President Lincoln and his legacy for all Americans.
Ida M. Terry
Counselor Supervisor of Addiction Services
On Thursday, January 28th, Governor Malloy held a series of events in support of a proposal to eliminate bail as a condition for release for some low-risk defendants charged with low-level crimes. CSEA SEIU Local 2001 fully agrees with the Governor’s proposal and encourages him to fully in-source the bail bonds system, so that payments are made directly to the State of Connecticut and not to private bail bond companies.
Julius Preston, a captain in the state’s Department of Corrections and President of CSEA’s Corrections Supervisors Council stated “The Governor’s proposal is similar to one that our union has made across the bargaining table at contract negotiations with the State of Connecticut as a way to help address the state’s budget shortfalls. CSEA is constantly looking for solutions to the State’s budget difficulties and front line workers remain among the most knowledgeable when it comes to finding ways to reduce unnecessary spending and finding sources of revenue.”
CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 represents 25,000 members covering active state, municipal, private sector workers and retirees.
CSEA has begun negotiating successor agreements with the state of Connecticut over 7 state bargaining unit contracts that are set to expire on June 30, 2016. These negotiations follow months of listening sessions, contract surveys, and the formation of negotiating committees. We are facing a difficult bargaining environment due to budget uncertainty at the state and certain lawmakers are already calling for concessions. In order to win a fair contract we are going to need to be ready to mobilize to fight at the capitol in the coming months. Stay tuned.
Who are we and what do we do
NP-8 Bargaining Unit of Correctional Supervisors has formed a Human Resource Committee in an effort to work with the agency Department Heads to discuss issues such as Loudermill Process, Promotions, Training, FMLA, and Retirement just to name a few.
This committee meets quarterly and our primary goal is to resolve issues, gain clarity on department protocol and procedures along with building a positive and professional relationship the Human Resource Unit.
If you have any Human Resource related questions that you would like for us to address at our next meeting please, forward your questions to your Union Secretary Lt. Dawne Hicks at (860) 382-8189 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings to all! I hope this newsletter reaches you all in good health and spirits. As you know we’ve been in contract negotiations for the past year, and I am pleased to inform you that it is complete. On February 28, 2014, the Arbitrator ruled favorable for us and we are looking at for the most part an 11% raise over three years. The particulars of the contract are outlined in this newsletter. I would like to thank the Negotiating Team for all their hard work in getting this contract done especially the Chief Negotiator Robert Rinker. Although the Arbitrator has ruled, the decision still needs to ratified by the legislature. Once it’s approved there, it becomes law and we will start receiving our money. Besides contract negotiations, your union has still been busy working hard to ensure your union rights are being protected. We continually meet with the state looking to resolve issues before they become problems. This proactive approach has been very successful in helping our members. We have conducted several labor management meetings across the state. The Affirmative Action, Human Resources, and Good Works Committee meet regularly. If you have any issues you want brought forward for these committees please let me know. Likewise if you are interested in being on any of these committees please contact me or any Executive Board Member. Finally, if you have any concern please don’t hesitate to contact me or any board member. We are here for you. I would like to congratulate and welcome all those promoted to our CSC family your hard work has afforded you a great opportunity. Keep up the good work!
President, CSC, (NP-8)
CSEA / SEIU Local 2001
Correctional Supervisors Council
The Affirmative Action Committee was established to address concerns of the employer/employee relationship in regards to recruitment, hiring, training, promotions, benefits, compensation, discipline, layoff and termination.
To promote the idea that all decisions are made on the basis of qualifications, performance and other work-related factors, and without discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
The Affirmative Action Committee met with Holly Darin the director of the Connecticut Department of Correction’s Affirmative Action Unit on January 17, 2014. The following agenda was discussed;
Vincent Steele, VP
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred samesex married couples from being recognized as “spouses” for purposes of federal law. As a result of that ruling, the Health Care Cost Containment Committee has agreed to a special open enrollment period that will run from July 9, 2013 until September 13, 2013, to give state employees and retired state employees in a same sex marriage the opportunity to elect for health insurance. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA, State employees were required to pay Federal taxes and social security taxes on the benefits of their same sex spouse. The federal income tax burden may have discouraged some employees from enrolling a same sex spouse in health benefit coverage.
Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, heterosexual married couples were able to provide health benefits to a spouse on a tax-free basis but samesex married couples were not. This meant that state employees or retirees providing health benefit coverage for a same sex spouse under the state’s health plan paid the premium for the spouse’s coverage on a post-tax basis and were taxed on the imputed value of benefits provided to a same-sex spouse. For the roughly 800 state employees and retirees currently covering a same sex spouse, the Comptroller’s Office is working on modifying the records on a global basis through CORE-CT to adjust premium shares from a post-tax to a pre-tax basis and to modify federal income and Social Security taxes year to date. The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor are expected to issue guidance concerning how the Supreme Court’s decision will affect the administration of some 1,000 federal laws. It is presently unclear how the ruling will impact federal income tax returns filed in prior years or whether the IRS will establish specific procedures for same-sex couples to seek refunds based on filing status or payment of federal income and Social Security taxes on the imputed value health benefits to a same-sex spouse.
Special Enrollment Period – The special open enrollment period began July 9, 2013 and end on September 13, 2013. During this period, enrollment is limited to state employees and retirees who did not previously enroll their same sex spouse. You will be required to provide a copy of your marriage certificate at the time of enrollment.
CSEA will work to provide further information on this subject as it becomes available.