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.
This Job Doesn’t Have to Kill You
Nationally, the average life expectancy for a Correction Officer and Supervisor is 58 years. In Connecticut, the average age for death of Correctional Officers and Supervisors is 66 years. While Connecticut Correctional employees are living on average 8 years longer than the national norm, their life span is 15 years shorter than other Connecticut residents.
CSEA’s Correctional Supervisors Council (CSC) has partnered with the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace and staff at the UConn Health Center to study and develop interventions to target our members’ health and wellness. The goal is simple, it is to live longer. Dr. Alicia Dugan, a professor at the UConn Health Center and Julius Preston, President of CSC, are leading our efforts on this project.
The first task was to develop an employee survey. The survey was designed to gather our members’ view of health and wellness at the Department of Correction. The survey provided an overall assessment of members’ attitudes related to health and wellness, as well as our members’ perceptions of their health behaviors. Click here to view the survey results
The results of the survey were a mix of good news and bad news. The bad news was most of our correctional supervisors (89%) recognized that they have a shorter life expectancy and two-thirds think they will die younger than workers in other jobs. Additional bad news were the high level of stress at work (82%); the lack of sleep (with most members getting less than 6 hours of sleep per night); and proper nutrition. Also of note, the average amount of overtime is 12.8 hours per week, which means a supervisor is in one of the most stressful work environments works more than 50 hours per week.
The good news is that our members want to change and work on activities that reducing stress (79.7%), improving quality and quantity of sleep(71.5%), having better eating habits (66.5%), increasing working out/physical activity (62%), and participating in weight loss (58.9%).
The next steps are to share the survey results with the membership and to develop participatory interventions to improve our members’ health and wellness. Click here to view the survey results
On final note is that State’s Health Enhancement Program, which is now finishing its fourth year, is viewed favorably by the majority of our CSC members. Nearly all our members are compliant with the requirements of the program, and almost all now have primary care doctors to manage their health care needs.
Participants for CSC are Preston, Danette Keel, Zandra Sheppard, Chuck Lemelin, Vinny Steele, and Paul DeFelice and for UConn Health Center, Dr. Dugan and graduate student Sara Namazi.
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Place: Foxwoods Grand Pequot Hotel
INFO: Contact Capt. Preston, Capt. Lance, Lt. Steele, Lt. Keel, Lt. Lemelin, Lt. Defelice or Lt. Hicks
It’s that time again members. This year we will be having our holiday party at the Foxwoods Grand Pequot Hotel. We have booked a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate if you want to stay overnight. Last year rooms went very fast so we have made it available for you to book your room now with the code provided. More information to include the cost, food and alcohol will be coming in the upcoming weeks. Hope to see and your family there. For additional information, please contact one of your executive board members listed above.
Hotel Room Cost: $109.00 (Discount rate for December 10, 2015)
To reserve hotel room online go to: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/correctionalsupervisors2015
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Next Membership meeting is Tuesday August 5, 2014
10:00AM and 7:00PM
CSEA SEIU Local 2001
760 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
Its election time for CSC! The election is in June 3, 2014. All positions are available. Anyone interested in nomination please contact Mike Nortz at (860) 951-6614 or email him at MNortz@csea760.com. The closing date for nominations is April 18, 2014.
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 email@example.com
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